General District of Arlington County
August 28, 2012
It is with mixed emotions that I announce my decision to retire as a General District Court Judge at the end of my third term on February 28, 2013. It has been an honor and a great pleasure to have served as a public servant to the citizens of Arlington, Falls Church, and the Commonwealth of Virginia. I became a full time judge in 1995, and I will have served eighteen years by the end of my current term.
I would like to take advantage of the opportunities at George Mason Law School and Marymount University to teach more classes and to take on an expanded role. In addition, I plan to regularly sit as a retired judge, and to continue to be active in the legal community. I'm also looking forward to spending more time with my family and in doing more volunteer work.
I want to thank the members of the Arlington/Falls Church delegation for their faith and confidence in me by electing me a judge for three terms. I want to also thank the members of the Arlington Bar Association for their cooperation with, and their support for, the Arlington General District Court and me and my colleagues.
I have had the honor of working with dedicated professionals from many agencies. I am especially grateful to the Arlington General District Court Clerk's Office and to Tarrah Piper, our Court's Administrative Assistant, for their professional and dedicated service to our court and to the Commonwealth's citizens.
My greatest thanks go to my family who has always supported me in my professional career and encouraged me to pursue my dreams of becoming an attorney and a judge.
I look forward to continuing my public service to Arlington County and the City of Falls Church in new roles as a substitute judge and as an educator.
Karen A. Henenberg