Virginia Court of Appeals Judges D. Arthur Kelsey and LeRoy F. Millette Jr. and Fairfax County Circuit Judge R. Terrence Ney have won the endorsement of both the Virginia Bar Association and the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys for a vacancy on the Supreme Court of Virginia.
The VBA also endorsed Arlington Circuit Judge Joanne F. Alper, Chief Court of Appeals Judge Walter S. Felton Jr., Loudoun County Circuit Judge Thomas D. Horne, Chief Deputy Attorney General William C. Mims and Roanoke Circuit Judge Clifford R. Weckstein.
The VADA endorsed only one other candidate, Chesterfield Circuit Judge Michael C. Allen.
The Virginia State Bar, the Virginia Women Attorneys Association and the Old Dominion Bar Association had scheduled interviews of candidates for today and are expected to announce their endorsements next week as is the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association.
Gov. Timothy M. Kaine has asked the statewide bar groups to submit recommendations to him in case he has to fill the vacancy created by the appointment of Justice G. Steven Agee to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
The General Assembly is in session and could appoint someone to a 12-year term. If it adjourns without doing so, the task will fall to Kaine to make an appointment that will be effective only until February, when the General Assembly would have another opportunity to fill the seat.
By Alan Cooper