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Open Ninth Podcast - Episode 182

Some of our judges knew from a young age they wanted to become a lawyer one day—but Judge A. James Craner had different aspirations as a child. He dreamed of becoming an architect. It wasn’t until his junior year of college that law school entered the picture. Initially, he wasn’t sure if it was the right path for him. But with the insistence of his family and one his professors, he decided to give it a shot. And he quickly realized that the field of law was exactly where he wanted to be. Tune in to Open Ninth to hear more about his work in private practice and why he wanted to join the bench.


  • 00:15 – Introduction to Judge A. James Craner
  • 05:21 – Interest in the law
  • 08:22 – Getting started after law school
  • 12:04 – Private practice
  • 16:38 – Joining the Orange County bench
  • 20:45 – Elevation to the Circuit bench
  • 29:20 – Interests off the bench
Open Ninth
Episode 182

Conversations Beyond the Courtroom.

Run time 32:45



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 A. James Craner
A. James Craner

Circuit Judge, Orange County Civil

Judge A. James Craner joined the Orange County bench in 2011. He was elevated to the circuit bench in 2014. He currently serves in the County Civil Division.