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Kemp Appoints Judge Shawn Ellen LaGrua to Georgia Supreme Court

Governor Brian Kemp announced his intention to appoint Fulton County Superior Court Judge Shawn Ellen LaGrua to serve on the Supreme Court of Georgia on Tuesday.

Governor Brian Kemp announced his intention to appoint Fulton County Superior Court Judge Shawn Ellen LaGrua to serve on the Supreme Court of Georgia on Tuesday.

“I am honored to appoint Judge Shawn Ellen LaGrua to the Supreme Court of Georgia,” Governor Kemp said in the press release announcement. “Judge LaGrua has spent a 30 year career serving her fellow Georgians, and I am confident that she will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the bench. Congratulations, Justice!”

Before serving as a Superior Court Judge in Fulton County, Judge LaGrua was the Inspector General for the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office. She also served as DeKalb County’s Solicitor General, and worked as a prosecutor in the Atlanta, Stone Mountain, and Tallapoosa Judicial Circuits. Judge LaGrua received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Georgia in 1984, and received her Juris Doctor from Georgia State University, College of Law, in 1987.

Now, LaGrua is an Adjunct Professor at Georgia State University’s College of Law and previously partnered with the university to provide an externship for students focused on the practice of civil and criminal law in the Superior Court of Fulton County.

LaGrua ran for re-election for the Atlanta Judicial Circuit judge of the 5th Superior Court District of Georgia. She won in the general election on June 9, 2020. Her appointment will create a vacancy in the Atlanta Judicial Circuit.

Jessica Szilagyi is a Statewide Contributor for AllOnGeorgia.com. She focuses primarily on state and local politics as well as issues in law enforcement. She has a background in Political Science with a focus in local government and has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Georgia. Jessica is a "Like It Or Not" contributor for Fox5 in Atlanta and has two blogs of her own: The Perspicacious Conservative and "Hair Blowers to Lawn Mowers."

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    NELDA SMITH

    December 2, 2020 at 6:50 pm

    WHY?

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    Laura Franklin

    December 8, 2020 at 7:49 am

    I have known Judge Lagrua since 1997, when she was a DA for Fulton County. I love her, she was good to me and to my family. I consider her a dear and beloved friend . I mean this ever so respectfully when I say she was a pit bull as a prosecutor. As a Superior Court Judge , I have heard marvelous things about her being fair and just to all people in her courtroom and her great contribution to our community in establishing the foundation of the drug court program In Fulton County. Congratulations Justice Lagrua,! I’ll never forget you & will always love you, Laura Franklin

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