Mar 5, 2020
Bea V. Larsen received her Bachelor of Arts from Antioch College in 1951. She soon married, and with her husband, Len, raised three children while attending Northern Kentucky University's Chase Law School, which enabled her to take night classes and still be home for her family. She graduated at the age of 40 in 1969, one of only two women in her class. For seven years, she served as director of the Public Defender office before opening a solo private practice in 1980. Larsen served as Cincinnati Bar Association president from 1986-1987, the first woman president in the association's then-114-year history. She has received numerous awards, including several prestigious from the CBA:the John P. Kiley Professionalism Award in 2007, the Themis Award in 2014 and the Mediator of the Year Award in 2020. In 2019, Larsen published "The Third Person in the Room," a collection of essays reflecting on her observations as a mediator of over 25 years. Larsen remains an active member in the CBA.