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Open Ninth Episode 168

After graduating from the University of Florida with his bachelor’s degree, Judge Wayne Wooten didn’t quite know what his next step should be. He could have gone back to St. Pete where he was born and raised, but he chose to go work at “The Catfish Place”, his family’s restaurant in St. Cloud, instead. And it was while working there that he fell in love with Central Florida. Inevitably, he felt a pull to law school that drew him back to UF, but he would soon return to Central Florida to begin working in the Ninth Circuit state attorney’s office. Listen in to Open Ninth to hear him talk to Chief Judge Lisa Munyon about his favorite memories from the state attorney’s office and why he wanted to join the bench after sixteen years there.


  • 00:17 – Introduction to Judge Wayne Wooten
  • 06:12 – Working in the family restaurant
  • 10:55 – Attending law school
  • 15:26 – Working in the state attorney’s office
  • 23:40 – Joining the bench
  • 31:37 – First days on the bench
Open Ninth
Episode 168

Conversations Beyond the Courtroom.

Run time 42:32



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 Wayne C. Wooten
Wayne C. Wooten

Circit Judge