Forging a Path to the Bench

Open Ninth Podcast - Episode 109

Even before coming to the bench, Judge Elizabeth Gibson lived a life full of adventure and new experiences. Raised on a series of Navy bases, she moved to Japan with her family in her late teens, and dedicated herself to becoming fluent in the Japanese language and culture. She graduated from the University of Maryland while living in Japan, eventually returning to the United States to attend law school and begin her legal career. Judge Gibson joined Chief Judge Don Myers on this episode of Open Ninth to talk about her life before the bench and how it got her to where she is now - a new judge of the Ninth Circuit.

Show Notes

  • 0:25 - Judge Gibson - from general counsel to county criminal judge
  • 1:13 - Growing up as a Navy kid
  • 2:53 - Japan, the University of Maryland, and Asian Studies and Civilization
  • 5:42 - Attending law school at the University of Florida
  • 6:32 - Practice history - prosecution and healthcare compliance
  • 9:47 - Experiences that prepared Judge Gibson for the bench
  • 11:49 - Singing and battling thyroid cancer
  • 13:30 - Defining cases of Judge Gibson's career
  • 15:26 - Thoughts on her first two weeks on the bench
  • 16:34 - Mentors, inspiration, and advice
  • 19:09 - Stress management and recognizing personal growth

In this episode

Donald A. Myers, Jr.

Moderator and Chief Judge of the Ninth Judicial Circuit

Judge Donald A. Myers, Jr. has served as a Circuit Judge since 2011. He was elected as Chief Judge and will start his 2-year term on July 1, 2019.

Elizabeth Joy Gibson

Orange County Judge

Judge Gibson was appointed to the County bench in 2020 by Governor DeSantis. She currently serves in the Orange County Criminal Division.