May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month! And as part of our Judicial Spotlight series, we’re taking a look at the life and career of our circuit’s first Asian American jurist: Judge Jeanette Bigney.
It was the 1970s when Judge Bigney’s parents decided to leave the Philippines to pursue the American Dream. And it excited them that their young daughter would grow up as a first-generation American. It was her parents that instilled within Judge Bigney a desire to help others, and she acted on that philosophy throughout her childhood. In high school, she participated in multiple community outreach activities that prepared her early for her future career as a lawyer, judge, and public servant.
Tune in to OpenNinth.fm to hear more about her journey to the bench.
- 00:16 – Introduction to Judge Jeanette Bigney
- 04:28 – Interest in the law
- 06:35 – Working in the law field
- 11:02 – Joining the bench
- 13:07 – Life of a county court judge
- 19:42 – Hobbies