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New faces in JPE program

There will be some new faces in the Judicial Performance Evaluation Program, as two of the people who helped launch the program turn the reins over to new leadership.

Justice Lawrence L. Koontz Jr., of the Supreme Court of Virginia, is assuming the duties of Justice Barbara Milano Keenan, who chaired the Supreme Court task force that developed the JPE program starting in 2001 and then continued to oversee roll-out of the program in 2005.

Ellen Marie Hess, a former corporate and government lawyer, has taken over from retiring Judge Suzanne K. Fulton as coordinator of the program, to watch over the day-to-day operations.

Chief Judge Leroy Hassell Sr. made the announcements during his 2008 State of the Judiciary message to Virginia’s circuit court judges in Williamsburg May 13.

Keenan has been asked to head development of a Judges Helping Judges program, similar to the Lawyers Helping Lawyers program that supports attorneys struggling with substance abuse.

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