Yvonne Cockram McGhee, the executive director of the Virginia Bar Association, has become president of the National Association of Bar Executives.
McGhee assumed her new post Aug. 2 at NABE’s annual meeting in Chicago, which was held in conjunction with the American Bar Association’s annual meeting. She will serve a one-year term.
She is the second Virginian in recent years to lead the group. Thomas A. Edmonds, former executive director of the Virginia State Bar, was NABE president for 2005-2006.
NABE is an affiliate of the ABA and serves as a resource for more than 250 members who work at state, local and national bar groups.
McGhee joined the VBA in July 2011 after serving as executive director of the Fairfax Bar Association for 11 years. She is a 1987 graduate of the T. C. Williams law school at the University of Richmond and of King College.
She was a member of the Class of 2011 of Virginia Lawyers Weekly’s Influential Women of Virginia.
McGhee has been active in NABE since 2000, and has earned several national awards from the group, including the President’s Award in 2009.
As president, she succeeds Dana Collier Smith of the Colorado Bar Association.
– Paul Fletcher