Open Ninth

Conversations Beyond the Courtroom.

Recipe for Success

Judge Barbara Leach didn’t initially see herself becoming a judge. She studied English in school and lived happily and proudly as a waitress for many years. It was her love of NPR and a desire to learn about law that drove her to attend law school. And it was her passion for helping the community that led her to the bench. 

Listen in as Judge Leach talks with Chief Judge Myers about her robust career, love for community service, and talent for baking some mean cookies.

Time Stamps

  • 00:18 – Introduction to Barbara Leach
  • 08:57 - Importance of mentorship
  • 10:34 – Making it to the bench
  • 13:52 – Being elected rather than appointed
  • 16:45 – Her expectations for the job
  • 18:45 – Her passion for baking


Open Ninth
Episode 126

Conversations Beyond the Courtroom.

Run time 23:17



In this episode

Circuit Judge Donald A. Myers, Jr.
Donald A. Myers, Jr.

Senior Judge

Senior Judge Donald A. Myers, Jr. served as a Circuit Judge from 2011-2021. He was elected as Chief Judge and started his 2-year term on July 1, 2019.

Circuit Judge Barbara J. Leach
Barbara J. Leach

Circuit Judge

Judge Leach was elected to the Circuit bench in 2020. She currently serves in the Circuit Domestic Violence Division in Orange County.