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Open NInth Episode 173

The legal field was never far from home for Judge Brian Duckworth as he grew up. His father was a lawyer, as well as the president of the Orange County Bar Association. And his childhood home was just two miles down the road from the courthouse. He even played the role of a lawyer in his fourth-grade play. So it’s no surprise that when it came time to pursue a career, the law was his first choice. Listen in to Open Ninth to hear him talk to Chief Judge Lisa Munyon about his time in the state attorney’s office after graduating law school and why he chose to join the bench.


  • 00:16 – Introduction to Judge Brian Duckworth
  • 06:37 – Interest in the law
  • 13:14 – Entering the legal field
  • 18:07 – Running for election
  • 21:12 – First days on the bench
  • 23:21 – Changes on the bench
  • 29:12 – Advice for new judges
Open Ninth
Episode 173

Conversations Beyond the Courtroom.

Run time 35:53



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.

Orange County Judge Brian F. Duckworth
Brian F. Duckworth

Orange County Judge