Open Ninth

Conversations Beyond the Courtroom.

Shaping the Florida Courts

Reflections on Decades of Service

If you asked a young Lisa Kiel what she wanted to be when she grew up, she wouldn’t hesitate to tell you. All her life she’s known she wanted to work in state government. Feeling drawn to public service, Kiel became Florida’s State Courts Administrator in 1990, where she stayed until her retirement in 2014. And when the Florida Supreme Court sought a new State Courts Administrator in 2019, they knew just the person to call. Now, Kiel is ready to finish up her long career in Florida’s state government to enjoy retirement, for a second time. Listen in to Open Ninth to hear her talk to Chief Judge Lisa Munyon about her proudest moments from her time in the office and what she plans to do next.


  • 00:15 – Introduction to Lisa Kiel
  • 05:39 – Getting started in state courts
  • 10:16 – Becoming State Courts Administrator
  • 21:14 – Coming back from retirement 26:28 – Changes in the Office of State Courts over the years
  • 33:40 – Biggest accomplishments as State Courts Administrator
  • 38:11 – Plans for retirement
  • 40:27 – Advice for future State Courts Administrators
Open Ninth
Episode 138

Conversations Beyond the Courtroom.

Run time 43:12



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.

Lisa Kiel
Lisa Kiel

Retired, Florida State Courts Administrator

Lisa Kiel is a retired Florida State Courts Administrator. She’s been with FL state government for 35 years,14 as State Courts Administrator.