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Conversations Beyond the Courtroom.

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Open Ninth Episode 142

Judge Michael Deen grew up in the field of law. As the son of notable attorney, Jeffrey Deen, he’s been well-acquainted with the work of lawyers for a long time. Some may be discouraged from following in their parents’ footsteps, but not Judge Deen. He saw the important work his father dedicated his life to each day and he felt inspired. He wanted to serve his community and fight for the justice of others just as his father did for many years. Listen in to Open Ninth to hear Judge Deen talk to Chief Judge Lisa Munyon about his time with the state attorney’s office and how it led him to the bench.


  • 00:48 – Introduction to Judge Michael Deen
  • 08:41 – Working in the state attorney’s office
  • 17:00 – Joining the bench
  • 22:05 – Working in a pandemic
Open Ninth
Episode 142

Conversations Beyond the Courtroom.

Run time 46:24



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 Michael Deen
Michael Deen

Circuit Judge, Domestic Relations

Governor DeSantis appointed Judge Deen to the Orange County bench in March of 2021 and to the Circuit bench in 2022. Currently, Judge Deen serves in the Domestic Relations Division.