Judge Henenberg, Professor Costello Named to VLW "Leaders in the Law"

Virginia Lawyers Weekly magazine has selected Judge Karen A. Henenberg, Mason Law adjunct professor,and Professor John Costello (see related story under "Highlights" section) as members of the magazine's Class of 2009 "Leaders in the Law."

Now in its fourth year, this awards program recognizes the lawyers who are setting the standard for other lawyers in Virginia. "Leaders" are recognized for changing the law, serving the community, changing practice or improving Virginia's justice system, among other accomplishments. The honorees will be celebrated at a reception on Oct. 22 at the Bolling-Haxall House in downtown Richmond.

Henenberg, who teaches Trial Advocacy and Evidence at Mason Law, as well as acting frequently as a judge for Moot Court and Trial Advocacy competitions, was nominated for the honor in part for her significant contributions to the justice system through her many years teaching law at Mason Law, Marymount University, and the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Academy.

Henenberg has enjoyed a long career in the judicial system, having served initially as a substitute judge in the Arlington Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court beginning in 1991. Four the next four years, she served in both Arlington and Fairfax Counties in the General District and Juvenile and Domestic Relations Courts, becoming a full-time judge in the Arlington General District Court in 1995. In addition, she is well known in the legal community for her numerous and varied roles in presenting educational programs for both lawyers and judges.

For the past 15 years, Henenberg has been a speaker and coordinator in the Virginia Women Attorneys Association's "You Be the Judge" program, which helps educate lawyers about the process of becoming a judge in Virginia. In conjuction with that association, Henenberg moderated a panel of judges from state, federal, and administrative courts who discussed their paths to the bench and the nature of judicial careers during a March program at Mason Law entitled, "To Be or Not to Be...A Judge?" An audio file of the presentation is available online.