Three bar groups have weighed in so far with recommendations for a vacancy on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and an open district court seat in the Eastern District.
In fact, several of the candidates – law professors, federal government lawyers and partners in Washington firms – aren’t licensed to practice in the state. That’s not a requirement for a federal judgeship based in the state, and U.S. Senators Jim Webb and Mark Warner asked the groups to vet those candidates, too.
VSB: Highly qualified for the 4th Circuit: John S. Edwards, Barbara Milano Keenan, Patricia a. Millet and Richard A. Simpson; qualified: Michael St.P. Baxter, E. Roy Hawkens, Kathleen J.L. Holmes, Raymond A. Jackson, Lisa E. Jones, A. Benjamin Spencer, John Charles Thomas
Highly qualified for the district court: Randy I. Bellows, John A. Gibney Jr., M. Hannah Lauck; qualified: Paul G. Gill, Richard D. Taylor
Virginia Bar Association: Endorsed Edwards, Keenan, Millett, Thomas and James E. Ryan for the 4th Circuit; Bellows, Lauck and Michael Shebelskie for the district court.
Virginia Trial Lawyers Association: Highly qualified for the 4th Circuit: Edwards, Keenan and Mary Lynn Tate; qualified: Thomas and Larry G. Elder.
Highly qualified for the district court: Lauck, Taylor and Edward H. Starr Jr.; qualified: John A. Gibney Jr.
By Alan Cooper