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VBA recommends 11 for 4th Circuit vacancies

Two Virginia Supreme Court justices, two federal judges and two law professors are among the Virginia Bar Association’s recommendations for two vacancies on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Virginia Sen. Jim Webb asked bar groups earlier this year to submit recommendations for the vacancies created by the senior status of Judge H. Emory Widener Jr. and the resignation of Judge J. Michael Luttig. Webb and Sen. John Warner will submit names to the Bush administration, which will nominate candidates subject to confirmation by the Senate.

The VBA list in alphabetical order:

Supreme Court Justice G. Steven Agee

Thomas E. Albro, a civil litigator in the Charlottesville firm of Tremblay & Smith LLP who typically represents plaintiffs in personal injury cases

H. Christopher Bartolomucci, a partner in the Washington firm of Hogan & Hartson and a former special assistant to President Bush in the White House counsel’s office who specializes in appellate litigation

U.S. District Judge Glen E. Conrad of Roanoke

John G. Douglass, a University of Richmond law professor and a former federal prosecutor

Frank K. Friedman, a partner and appellate specialist at Roanoke’s Wood Rogers PLC

E. Duncan Getchell Jr., a partner in the Richmond office of McGuireWoods who argues cases frequently in appellate courts

U.S. District Judge Walter D. Kelley Jr. of Norfolk

Virginia Court of Appeals Judge D. Arthur Kelsey

Virginia Supreme Court Justice Donald W. Lemons

William and Mary law school Professor Alan J. Meese who teaches antitrust, economic analysis of law and torts

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