2019 National Conference for Lawyer Assistance Programs

Chief Justice Beth Walker


Chief Justice Beth Walker was elected to the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia in 2016, becoming the first Justice elected in a non-partisan race. She took office on January 1, 2017 and became Chief Justice on January 1, 2019.  She is currently serving as Chair of the West Virginia Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being.

Chief Justice Walker is @bethwalkr on Twitter, where she tweets about the judiciary and lawyer well-being, celebrates all things West Virginia, champions young leaders (especially women), and is part of the #AppellateTwitter community.

Chief Justice Walker is a 1987 graduate of Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan. She earned her law degree in 1990 from The Ohio State University.   Immediately after graduation, she joined the law firm of Bowles Rice McDavid Graff & Love (now Bowles Rice) in Charleston. During her twenty–two years at Bowles Rice, she concentrated her statewide practice on labor and employment law and mediation.

In 2011, Chief Justice Walker became Associate General Counsel for the West Virginia United Health System (also known as West Virginia University Medicine). In that role, she advised WVU Medicine's hospitals and other affiliates regarding labor and employment matters from 2012 until she resigned in 2016 to take office.

In 2012, Chief Justice Walker was elected a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. She is a 1999 graduate of Leadership West Virginia.

A lifelong Girl Scout, Chief Justice Walker is former chair and current member of the board of directors of Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council. She has been an active community volunteer and served as chair of the boards of Leadership West Virginia and Kanawha Pastoral Counseling Center.