The Providence Journal reports that Rhode Island Governor Don Carcieri has nominated Karen Lynch Bernard, a Warwick lawyer with years of experience practicing family law, to the Family Court bench.
Bernard is a partner with her family’s Warwick firm, Lynch Bernard and Lynch, where she specializes in family and juvenile law. A four-time finalist for previous Family Court posts, she served as an assistant solicitor for the City of Warwick from 1989 to 1991.
“I am confident Karen’s knowledge and understanding of the law and the very complex issues that come before the Family Court, combined with her patience, integrity and zealousness, will be an asset as an associate judge of the Family Court,” Carcieri said in a statement. Her nomination is subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.
Lynch went to work for her father John D. Lynch’s law firm after graduating from Suffolk School of Law. There she works with her sister, Erin P. Lynch, a state senator who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, and brother, John D. Lynch Jr., a member of the Ethics Commission. A lifelong Warwick resident, she lives in Warwick with her husband, Robert, and three children.
Lynch, 46, said she received the call from the governor around 1:35 p.m. “I was literally shaking,” said Lynch, who has long pursued a seat on the court. “I love Family Court,” she said. “Family Court is my main focus.”
Congratulations to Karen!