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Open Ninth Episode 177

Judge Alison Kerestes is no stranger to the Ninth Circuit. After graduating from law school, she worked in the Ninth Circuit’s Office of the State Attorney for eight years. Following her time as a prosecutor, Judge Kerestes spent several years in private practice, but still felt drawn to a different path. It was in 2023 that she returned to Ninth – but as a circuit judge this time around. Tune in to Open Ninth to hear more about her early aspirations for the law and her journey to the bench.


  • 00:15 – Introduction to Judge Alison Kerestes
  • 05:08 – Attending law school
  • 06:00 – Working in the state attorney’s office
  • 08:02 – Entering private practice
  • 09:59 – Running for judgeship
  • 14:23 – First months on the bench
Open Ninth
Episode 177

Conversations Beyond the Courtroom.

Run time 18:39



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 Court Judge Alison A. Kerestes
Alison Kerestes

Circuit Judge

Judge Kerestes was elected to the Circuit Bench in 2022. She currently serves in the Circuit Family Court-Domestic Violence Division in Orange County.