Rita Beale

Associate Dean for Internal Affairs

J.D., Wake Forest School of Law
B.A., University of Virginia




Rita Beale is the Associate Dean for Internal Affairs. She previously served the Commonwealth of Virginia as Deputy Attorney General from 2012-2014, and came to Liberty Law with the highest recommendation from former Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and other representatives of the State Council of Higher Education of Virginia.

Dean Beale’s vast and distinguished experience also includes serving as System Counsel to the Virginia Community College System; the General Counsel to Old Dominion University; and the Assistant Attorney General for Virginia. She authored opinions and worked with the Local Government Section; the Education Section, Health, Education and Social Service; and the Health and Mental Health Section. In the mid-1990s she worked as a Constitutional litigator with The Rutherford Institute; and before that was an AT&T Account Executive.  

Dean Beale has reaped many honors and awards, including a Resolution of Appreciation from Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli, II and the Dana B. Hamel Award for Excellence in Service from the State Board for Community Colleges. In her publications, she has addressed issues such as Internet privacy and private speech, and religion in the public workplace.

Dean Beale earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Virginia and a Juris Doctor degree from Wake Forest University School of Law.