Karen Mccloud obituary and dead, community lost a beloved leader

In a somber week, the Dallas legal community bids farewell to a revered leader. Karen D. McCloud passed away on the morning of April 9, 2020, after a courageous battle with multiple myeloma. Her impact was profound, having served as the president of the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers in 2008, the Dallas Women Lawyers Association in 2004, and the J.L. Turner Legal Association in 2010. She held the position of first vice president of the Dallas Bar Association at the time of her passing, with plans to assume the presidency in 2022.

Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Karen graduated from Georgetown University School of Law in 1999 and practiced labor & employment law in Dallas. A passionate UT fan, she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from The University of Texas.

Karen’s motivation to become a lawyer stemmed from a genuine desire to help others, not seeking glory or wealth. This selfless spirit shone through her work in the community and local bar associations. Her willingness to tackle challenging tasks and encourage others to contribute set her apart. Karen wasn’t interested in the limelight; she was dedicated to service. Despite her straightforward and sometimes blunt demeanor, Karen was a caring soul who continued to serve others even during her battle with cancer.

In 2000, Karen joined DAYL (Dallas Association of Young Lawyers) and quickly became part of the 2000 DAYL Leadership Class. She served on the DAYL Board of Directors from 2002 to 2004 through an ex officio position with the Texas Young Lawyers Association. Her time with TYLA often included memorable moments of dancing, earning her the title of the “Dancing Queen from Dallas.”

Karen’s significant contribution to DAYL extended to her role as a Leadership Class facilitator from 2002 to 2015. Through her remarkable ability to connect with people, she mentored countless young lawyers in Dallas, leaving an enduring legacy.

Following her passing, an outpouring of condolences flooded social media. Former DAYL and DBA President, Laura Benitez Geisler, described Karen as “family” and a “humble leader” who tirelessly served the profession and community without seeking credit or accolades. The legal community mourns the loss of a true servant leader in Karen D. McCloud.

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