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Open Ninth Podcast - Episode 147

Judge Tarlika Nunez-Navarro is no stranger to public service. She fondly remembers following her father around town many years ago as he made house calls to patients and explained to her the importance of supporting your community. But she also remembers him telling her not to become a doctor and follow in his footsteps. Instead, he suggested she become a lawyer and with that Judge Nunez-Navarro knew what she wanted to do. Listen in to Open Ninth as Chief Judge Lisa Munyon sits down with Judge Nunez-Navarro to hear all about where her career has taken her over the years.


  • 00:14 – Introduction to Judge Tarlika Nunez-Navarro
  • 09:43 – Working in the law field
  • 13:28 – Joining the bench
  • 15:01 – Wellness
  • 20:51 – Coming to the Ninth Circuit
  • 28:44 – Mission Work
Open Ninth
Episode 147

Conversations Beyond the Courtroom.

Run time 34:41



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.

Tarlika Nunez-Navarro
Tarlika Nunez-Navarro

Circuit Judge

Judge Nunez-Navarro was appointed to the Seventeenth Circuit Bench in 2018 and then to the Ninth Circuit Bench in 2021. She currently serves in the Circuit Criminal Division.