Open Ninth

Conversations Beyond the Courtroom.

Judicial Spotlight

Judicial Spotlight

On this episode of Open Ninth, Judge John Beamer chats with Chief Judge Lisa Munyon for his second recording in the studio. Last time he talked about his marriage to fellow jurist, Judge Denise Beamer, but this episode we dive deeper into the life and career of the Tennessean. With parents working multiple jobs and needing to watch over his younger siblings often, Judge Beamer learned the value of hard work at a young age. He witnessed it firsthand running alongside his father during one of his numerous jobs: manning the early morning paper route. Listen in to the episode to hear this former Tennessean cross country runner tell Chief Judge Munyon all about his humble beginnings and what led him to the bench. 


  • 00:16 – Introduction to Judge John Beamer
  • 07:20 – Pull to the law
  • 11:48 – Working in litigation
  • 15:04 – Joining the bench
  • 18:06 – Surprises on the bench
  • 22:08 – Finding Inspiration
Open Ninth
Episode 134

Conversations Beyond the Courtroom.

Run time 26:03



In this episode

Chief Judge Lisa T. Munyon
Lisa T. Munyon

Chief Judge and Open Ninth host

Chief Judge Lisa T. Munyon has been a Judge with the Ninth Judicial Circuit for 18 years. She is the Ninth Circuit's first female Chief Judge.

Circuit Judge John D.W. Beamer
John D.W. Beamer

Circuit Judge

Judge Beamer was appointed to the Circuit Bench in 2020 by Governor DeSantis. He currently serves in the Domestic Relations Division in Orange County.