LaGrua (J.D. ’87) Elected to Council of Superior Court Judges
Superior Court Judge Shawn Ellen LaGrua (J.D. ’87) was elected secretary-treasurer of the Council of Superior Court Judges of Georgia in May.
The council is composed of the state’s 213 superior court judges and more than 80 senior (retired) superior court judges. It was established by the General Assembly in 1985 to further the improvement of the superior courts and the administration of justice in Georgia.
“I’m honored to have been elected and to serve on the council,” LaGrua said. “I think it’s important we make sure judges across the state communicate and assist each other in all the issues we have across rural, suburban and urban areas.”
The council seeks to identify and propose solutions to problems common to all judges and has adopted strategic planning to identify and pursue operational goals. Duties include state superior court judges’ budget development and administration; initiating and responding to legislative issues involving the Superior Court; adoption of uniform court rules; preparation of bench publications, including jury charge instructions and benchbooks; and certification of continuing judicial education.
LaGrua was appointed to the Superior Court of the Atlanta Judicial Circuit in 2009 and was reelected in 2012 and 2016. She serves on the Fulton County Superior Court’s Executive Committee and co-chairs its Magistrate Committee. She presides over “My Journey Matters,” a pilot probation program designed to divert young offenders from a lifetime of incarceration, as well as the court’s first Re-Entry Court, which works to integrate prior offenders back into the community.
The newly elected officers, immediate past-president, and administrative judges representing each of the ten judicial administrative districts in Georgia comprise the Council of Superior Court Judges’ executive committee, which is authorized to manage the projects and policies of the council. They also serve on the Judicial Council of Georgia with representatives of the other courts in the state setting policy for the judiciary.
LaGrua’s term of office and those of President Judge Kathy Stephens Palmer of Middle Judicial Circuit in Swainsboro, and President-Elect Judge Stephen D. Kelley of the Brunswick Judicial Circuit in Brunswick, run until April 30, 2018. LaGrua is next in line to become president-elect and then president in the following terms.
“In addition to my duties as secretary-treasurer, I’ll be learning so that I can help Judge Kelley carry out his vision when he becomes president next year,” LaGrua said.