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Three names surface for Appeals Court seat

The deadline for seeking bar association endorsements for a pending vacancy on the Virginia Court of Appeals isn’t until Dec. 29.

But already, three names of potential candidates have surfaced. They are:

• Arlington Circuit Judge Joanne F. Alper
• Leesburg lawyer Alexander N. Levay Jr.
• Loudoun County Circuit Judge Burke F. McCahill.

All three hail from Northern Virginia, as does the judge they would succeed, Judge Jean Harrison Clements of Loudoun County.

After Clements leaves the court Dec. 31, the judge with a home base closest to the most populous portion of the state will be Judge James W. Haley Jr. from Stafford County.

By Paul Fletcher

4 comments

  1. There is no requirement in the Code or Constitution for a geographical distribution of judges on the appellate courts of the Commonwealth. Why, then, should it be relevant that Judge Clements is from Northern Virginia and her retirement will leave “the most populous portion of the state” without a favorite son/daughter on the Court of Appeals? Justice Keenan has her chambers in Alexandria, and the newest member of that Court, Justice Millette resides in Prince William County. Geography should not determine how judicial candidates for statewide courts are chosen.

  2. There is no requirement in the Code or Constitution for a geographical distribution of judges on the appellate courts of the Commonwealth. Why, then, should it be relevant that Judge Clements is from Northern Virginia and her retirement will leave “the most populous portion of the state” without a favorite son/daughter on the Court of Appeals? Justice Keenan has her chambers in Alexandria, and the newest member of that Court, Justice Millette resides in Prince William County. Geography should not determine how judicial candidates for statewide courts are chosen.

  3. Northern Virginia makes up 30% of the Commonwealth’s population and now has no judges on that Court.

    Geographic diversity is important. This pick should be someone from Northern Virginia.

  4. Northern Virginia makes up 30% of the Commonwealth’s population and now has no judges on that Court.

    Geographic diversity is important. This pick should be someone from Northern Virginia.

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