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Thomas, Keenan interested in 4th Circuit seat

Former Virginia Supreme Court Justice John Charles Thomas is among those who have told the Virginia State Bar that they are interested in a seat on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

A current member of the Supreme Court, Justice Barbara Milano Keenan, also has told the bar that she wants to be considered for the seat, as have Gregory A. Ashe, an attorney with the Federal Trade Commission in Washington; A. Benjamin Spencer, a law professor at Washington and Lee University; Timothy V. Anderson, the principal in Anderson & Associates PC in Virginia Beach; and Randy S. Segal, senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of SkyTerra Communications Inc. in Reston.Anderson and Segal have told the bar they also would be interested in a district court vacancy Eastern District of Virginia.

Two Richmond attorneys, Edward H. Starr Jr., a partner at Troutman Sanders, and John A. Gibney Jr., a shareholder at ThompsonMcMullan, have said they are interested only in the district court seat.

The VSB and other statewide bar groups have asked candidates for the two seats to submit by Friday a resume, a judicial questionnaire and a writing sample.

U.S. Senators Jim Webb and Mark Warner asked the bar groups to submit recommendations for the seats by the first of next month. The VSB and other groups plan to interview candidates on Feb. 19 and 20.

By Alan Cooper

One comment

  1. Putting John Charles Thomas on the 4th Circuit would be a disaster. His tenure on the Supreme Court of Virginia was mercifully short and highlighted principally by his attempt to hold an attorney in contempt for public disagreeing with a decision of the Court at a bar association function. His appearance before his fomer Court are painful to watch, as he lectures the Court, showing no deference and frequently ignoring questions from the bench. Moreover, it is painfully obvious that his law firm has him argue the case under the mistaken belief that as a former member of the Court, his word carries more weight than another attorney, as it frequently appears that he knowns nothing about the case he is presenting, but merely skimmed the brief that morning.

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