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June 01, 2006

Richmond Attorney to Serve as 68th President of the Virginia State Bar

Karen A. Gould of Richmond will be installed as the Virginia State Bar’s sixty-eighth president on Friday, June 16, during the bar’s annual meeting in Virginia Beach. She will succeed Phillip V. Anderson of Roanoke as leader of the 39,000-lawyer agency.

Gould is a longtime volunteer in the bar’s lawyer discipline system. She was chair of the Disciplinary Board, which adjudicates the most serious allegations of lawyer misconduct. She also served on the district disciplinary committee that hears cases in Richmond.

She was chair of the VSB Budget and Finance Committee and the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board. She has been on the VSB Council since 2000, and she joined the Executive Committee in 2002.

A native of Cleveland, Gould moved to Richmond at age 6. She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia in 1976 and a law degree from the University of South Carolina in 1979. She began her legal career as a law clerk for U.S. District Judge Glen Williams of Abingdon, then joined the Virginia Attorney General’s office in 1980.

She went into private practice in 1984, and now defends medical negligence and worker’s compensation cases with the firm McSweeney, Crump, Childress & Gould PC in Richmond’s Shockoe Slip.

She is married to Rudy West, a lawyer and corporate secretary of the NewMarket Corp. They have a daughter.

The Virginia State Bar is the government agency that regulates the legal profession. It is an administrative agency of the Supreme Court of Virginia. It is supported through the licensing dues paid by all Virginia lawyers, and it is governed by a council of attorneys elected or appointed from every judicial circuit in the state.

Updated: Jun 01, 2006