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Judicial Spotlight

Open Ninth Podcast - Episode 175

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 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
Open Ninth
Episode 175

Conversations Beyond the Courtroom.

Run time 22:00



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 Jeanette Dejuras Bigney
Jeanette Dejuras Bigney

Orange County Judge

Judge Bigney has been on the Orange County Bench since 2012. She currently serves in the Orange County Criminal Division.