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Honorable Shawn Ellen LaGrua

Judge Shawn Ellen LaGrua was appointed to the Superior Court of the Atlanta Judicial Circuit in December 2009, sworn in on June 29, 2010, and reelected in 2012 and 2016.  Prior to her appointment to the bench, she served as Inspector General for the Georgia Secretary of State, overseeing investigations in the Elections, Securities, Charities and Licensing Divisions. In 2004, she served as the Solicitor General for DeKalb County where she expanded the Domestic Violence Unit. While serving as DeKalb’s Solicitor, she also founded the “Rise Up and Attend” truancy initiative. Judge LaGrua has over 20 years of trial experience, including her work as Chief Senior Assistant District Attorney in DeKalb and Fulton Counties and as Chief Assistant District Attorney in the Tallapoosa Circuit.

Judge LaGrua 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 using close supervision, substance abuse counseling, job-training, and advancing education.

Judge LaGrua was appointed by Governor Deal to the Georgia Child Support Commission in 2016.  Judge LaGrua also serves as (1) Chair of the Judicial Council’s Process Servers Committee; (2) Secretary-elect for the Council of Superior Court Judges, where she also serves on the Legislative Support Team; (3) Vice-chair for the Access to Fairness and Justice Committee; and (4) a Member of the Accountability Court and Bench and Bar Committees.

Judge LaGrua is a Master of the Logan E. Bleckley Inn of Court and Lamar Inn of Court.  She is also a founding member and past Chair of the Georgia Association of Women Lawyers, Judicial Application Review Committee.  She currently serves as the Chair of the Judicial Section of the State Bar of Georgia and is a member at large of the Atlanta Bar’s CLE committee and Celebrating Service Committee.  She is an alumna member of Leadership Atlanta, Class of 2012, and served as the Vice Chair of the Criminal Justice Day for 2014-2015.

Judge LaGrua received her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and received her Juris Doctorate from Georgia State University College of Law, where she later taught Advanced Evidence and Litigation. Judge LaGrua is married to Chris Beanland.  She has two step-sons, Daniel and Ben, and two fur-children, Grizzly and Riley.