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Judge Barbara Milano Keenan, formerly of the Supreme Court of Virginia and now of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, has some advice for more senior lawyers: Don’t be afraid to try something new, even at a later stage of your career.

Keenan (right), the featured speaker at yesterday’s Richmond Bar luncheon and Law Day celebration, spent more than 18 years as a member of Virginia’s high court. She said that now that she’s a federal judge, she feels like a “newbie.”

Speaking of her new job, she noted that the analysis is the same, but the subject matter is all new, And that’s exciting at the age of, well, she allowed that she turns 60 this year.

And she counseled the more senior members of the audience that you can indeed do something different even at “a respectable age,” she said, to chuckles in the audience.

Think of something fresh and “put a new twist on your career,” she urged.

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