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Open Ninth Podcast - Episode 171

It was while walking through the halls of Michigan State University that Judge Patricia Strowbridge found her inspiration to go to law school. Up until this point, she didn’t really know what she wanted to do, but the spark came in the form of a man asking students to answer some logic questions in front of a classroom that day. Judge Strowbridge couldn’t comprehend the puzzles, but she was intrigued. The man explained that the questions were from the LSAT and it was then Judge Strowbridge knew what her next step in life would be. Listen in to Open Ninth to hear her talk to Chief Judge Lisa Munyon about her time in law school at Georgetown and why she ultimately wanted to join the bench.


  • 00:16 – Introduction to Judge Patricia Strowbridge
  • 04:00 – Attending law school
  • 14:13 – First jobs as a lawyer
  • 16:46 – Interest in Family Law
  • 22:45 – Path to the bench
  • 34:02 – First days on the bench
  • 37:28 – Being a judge over the years
Open Ninth
Episode 171

Conversations Beyond the Courtroom.

Run time 43:11



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 Patricia L. Strowbridge
Patricia L. Strowbridge

Circuit Judge

Judge Patricia Strowbridge joined the Ninth Circuit bench in 2015. She currently serves in the Orange County Criminal Division.