The National Conference of Bar Examiners Names Judith A. Gundersen as President and CEO

JudithGundersen NCBE websiteMADISON, WI (August 28, 2017) The National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) announced today that, after a national search, Judith A. Gundersen will assume the role of NCBE President and CEO effective immediately.

NCBE develops the licensing tests used by most states for admission to the bar. NCBE stakeholders and constituents include state Supreme Courts, state attorney licensing boards, attorneys, and law school deans. NCBE is governed by a national board of trustees consisting of judges, bar examiners, and bar admission administrators. Approximately 74,000 law school graduates sat for the bar exam in 2016.

“I am deeply honored to have been selected for this position,” Gundersen said, adding that she will work with the NCBE Board of Trustees, staff, drafting committees, and the many volunteers who serve the organization to ensure that NCBE’s products and services continue to be of the highest quality as NCBE explores with its constituents initiatives for future test content and delivery models, as well as enhancements of other services.

NCBE Board of Trustees Chair Hon. Rebecca White Berch remarked, “The Board of Trustees is delighted that Judy has accepted the position of President and CEO. She is energetic, smart, and well qualified by her years of experience with NCBE. We know she will hit the ground running, and we look forward to working with her to chart the future course of NCBE in a changing profession.”

Gundersen, in her previous role as NCBE Director of Test Operations, has frequently spoken at NCBE and other conferences and has provided training on exam grading to bar admission authorities. Prior to working at NCBE, Gundersen was a prosecutor in Dane County, Wisconsin. She also worked in the trust department of U.S. Bank (f/k/a First Wisconsin) and at Foley & Lardner, LLP.

She graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School, and earned a BA in Spanish and economics from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.

Fewer students are entering law school, and the legal profession is experiencing market changes. Gundersen noted, “NCBE will continue to take a leadership role in the larger discussion currently taking place regarding developments in legal education and the profession, and how those developments impact bar admissions. Without a doubt, stakeholders in legal education and the regulation of the profession share the objectives of protecting the public and engendering respect for the law and the profession, and we are all committed to achieving those objectives in a way that is fair to the candidates seeking admission to the bar. NCBE stands ready to engage in open and productive dialogue with all stakeholders in the profession.”

Gundersen succeeds Erica Moeser, who retired on August 20, 2017, after 23 years as NCBE President and CEO.

The National Conference of Bar Examiners, headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin, is a not-for-profit corporation founded in 1931. For more information, see its website at