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Candid conversations about current topics with court and community leaders.

Open Ninth The Ninth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida

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Candid conversations about current topics with court and community leaders.

    From Havana to Tallahassee

    From Havana to Tallahassee

    “From Havana to Tallahassee,” details the fascinating life of the Florida Supreme Court's Chief Justice Jorge Labarga.  Born in Havana in 1952, Justice Labarga is not only the first Cuban-American to hold the position of Chief Justice, he is also the first Justice since 1865 to be reelected by his peers to a consecutive term.  Governor Charlie Crist appointed Justice Labarga to the Florida Supreme Court in January of 2009.  Prior to his appointment to the Supreme Court, Justice Labarga served on the Fourth District Court of Appeal and on the Circuit Court for the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit.
    Justice Labarga has been a strong proponent of Florida’s Court Communication Plan, which actively encourages state courts to utilize technology and social media to communicate effectively with its citizens.  It is only fitting that the Chief Justice is featured on the Ninth Circuit's premier podcast episode.

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    • 30 min
    Climbing Kilimanjaro

    Climbing Kilimanjaro

    During “Climbing Kilimanjaro,” Ninth Circuit Judge Mark Blechman shares his adventurous journey to the top of the world’s tallest freestanding mountain. The seven-day climb, which was physically taxing and at times treacherous, culminates in an exhilarating and emotionally charged moment as Judge Blechman displays a “cancer sucks” flag at the summit. Judge Blechman set out to climb Mount Kilimanjaro to raise contributions for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in their ongoing race to find a cure for the disease. His fellow colleague and dear friend Judge Bob Wattles lost his battle against cancer in January of 2010.
    Judge Mark Blechman spent three decades practicing law before being elected to the Circuit bench in 2012. An avid climber, Judge Blechman has also reached the summits of Mount Rainier, Mount Whitney, Mona Kea, and Mount Hood. He has received numerous awards, including receiving the “Citizen of the Year” award from the Osceola County Veterans Council. 

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    • 15 min
    The Innovation Imperative

    The Innovation Imperative

    Mark Britton talks about the changing technology landscape facing the judicial system in the 21st century and "The Innovation Imperative." Whether it is the need to provide quicker and more dynamic responses to consumer's questions and concerns or the race to harness technology to do more with less, one thing is sure, companies must be bold and think outside of the box if they wish to succeed. Mark draws from the wealth of knowledge and experience that he has acquired through his career to share with listeners insightful information about the challenges that prevent companies from implementing innovative policies.
    Mark Britton, AVVO's CEO and founder, has had a stellar career in the public and private sectors. His innovative policies and contributions to businesses in the high-tech industry have won him numerous accolades, including the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the Pacific Northwest and being named one of Seattle's Top 25 Innovators. 

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    • 28 min
    Inside the Podcast

    Inside the Podcast

    What do you say when a news reporter requests to interview you? Well, say yes and then flip the script.
    “Inside the Podcast” features a two-way conversation between Orlando Sentinel reporter Elyssa Cherney and Chief Judge Frederick J. Lauten, wherein each takes their turn at moderating. Elyssa talks about her life journey, growing up in a Midwestern town and then covering the local courts on behalf of a well-established newspaper. Judge Lauten highlights some of the challenges and rewards of developing a court podcast. Their exchange is dynamic and informative.
    Elyssa Cherney graduated summa cum laude from Northwestern University. After a brief stint in the Orlando Sentinel’s Lake County bureau, she was tasked with covering a larger market – the Ninth Circuit Court beat. She utilizes a blend of meticulous reporting and youthful insightfulness to “unpackage” difficult legal concepts to everyday readers.

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    • 28 min
    Stuck in the 80's w/DJ Rufus

    Stuck in the 80's w/DJ Rufus

    “Stuck in the 80’s with DJ Rufus” features an early morning visit by Chief Judge Lauten to WPRK (The Best in Basement Radio & Voice of Rollins College) where DJ Rufus (aka:  Circuit Judge Bob Leblanc) tells listeners about his love of 80’s music and the pleasure of serving as a Circuit Judge. 
    He is DJ Rufus when he is playing his favorite 80’s music for listeners of WPRK but a few hours later he is Circuit Judge Bob LeBlanc.  DJ Rufus wakes up early every Wednesday morning to play 80’s music for WPRK (91.5 FM) from 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m.  By 9:00 a.m., he is on the bench hearing domestic relations matters. Listen to him talk about both roles and hear some of his playlist that includes, Modern English’s “I Melt with You.”  He shares with Chief Judge Lauten that he chose the early morning show so it wouldn’t impact his day job.  Learn the significance of the song “Always Something There to Remind Me” by Naked Eyes.  

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    • 15 min
    Live Long and Prosper

    Live Long and Prosper

    As a child, the young Faye Allen grew up in the small town of Quincy, Florida, where she would sit along with her four brothers and sisters to watch the only TV show their parents would allow them to see – Star Trek. Out of that experience, she learned to dream big and to boldly pursue her goals. During “Live Long and Prosper,” Judge Allen shares with listeners her passion for the avante garde series, which featured a diverse cast uncharacteristic of that era. The show’s characters and themes ignited an interest in Allen that led her to law school and to eventually become the second female African-American judge in the Ninth Judicial Circuit.
    Judge Allen was appointed to the Orange County bench in 2005. She has served in both the criminal and civil divisions. The experience she has gained in her life journey, along with her diverse background, enable her to understand complex issues and to equitably dispense justice to those persons who come before her.

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    • 24 min

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I'm really enjoying your podcast. Who knew our courthouse was made up of such unique, sometimes quirky personalities. Judge Faye Allens interview has been my favorite so far. I couldn't help but smile the entire time at her enthusiasm for Star Trek :)

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