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Helfrich appointed to board of NADCP

Circuit Judge Robert Helfrich of Hattiesburg has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP).

The two-year board appointment  was announced at the NADCP’s 15th-annual training conference held in Anaheim, Calif. Judge Helfrich’s appointment to the board means two Mississippi judges are now serving on the national policy making board. U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett has served on the NADCP board since June 2008.

Judge Starrett, who serves as a federal district judge in Hattiesburg, founded the state’s first drug court in 1999 when he was a state trial judge in the 14th Circuit District of  Lincoln, Pike and Walthall counties. Judge Helfrich is circuit judge of the 12th District of Forrest and Perry counties. He started a drug court there in 2003.

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