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Bar groups endorse SCC candidates

The Virginia State Bar, the Virginia Bar Association and the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association have endorsed candidates for the State Corporation Commission vacancy created by the retirement of Commissioner Theodore V. Morrison Jr.

The VSB’s judicial nominations committee told Gov. Timothy M. Kaine that it found four candidates to be highly qualified:

- Philip R. deHaas, counsel to the SCC

- James C. Dimitri, a partner at McGuireWoods in Richmond

- JoAnne L. Nolte, a partner in The Conrad Firm in Richmond

- Michael D. Thomas, an SCC hearing examiner

It found Julia A. Lake, an attorney with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and Richmond Circuit Judge Richard D. Taylor Jr. to be qualified.

The VBA and VTLA endorsed all those candidates except Lake. Committees for those organizations based their endorsements on a background investigation and review of materials submitted by the candidates.

The VSB committee interviewed the candidates in addition to reviewing materials and conducting background checks. It submitted cover letters and summaries to Kaine detailing its findings.

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