Open Ninth

Conversations Beyond the Courtroom.

Judicial Spotlight

Judge Adam McGinnis

Growing up, Judge Adam McGinnis had no plans of becoming a lawyer, nor a judge—but life has a way of surprising us. After switching from an electrical engineering major to a liberal arts major in college, Judge McGinnis began to consider law school for the first time in his life. Not long after, he walked into the still-new Barry University School of Law and joined one of its first graduating classes. And, years later, he became the first graduate of Barry to join the bench. Tune in to Open Ninth to hear more about his time in law school and his journey to the judiciary.


  • 00:16 – Introduction to Judge Adam McGinnis 
  • 07:51 – Interest in the law 
  • 16:06 – Getting started after law school 
  • 22:55 – Running for the bench 
  • 26:28 – First days on the bench 
  • 34:16 – Hobbies
Open Ninth
Episode 187

Conversations Beyond the Courtroom.

Run time 39:47



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 Adam McGinnis
Adam McGinnis

Orange County Judge