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Urbanski gets Western District seat

Two days, two new federal judges in Virginia.

The U.S. Senate followed up its confirmation of Arenda L. Wright Allen yesterday for a seat in the Eastern District by confirming Magistrate Judge Michael F. Urbanksi this afternoon for a position in the Western District.

The votes for both candidates were unanimous. President Barack Obama followed the recommendations of the state’s two Democratic senators, Jim Webb and Mark Warner, in nominating them.

Urbanski, a magistrate judge since 2004 and an associate and principal in Woods Rogers PLC for 20 years before that, is a graduate of the College of William and Mary and the University of Virginia law school.

He will fill the vacancy created when Judge Norman K. Moon of Lynchburg took senior status.

Wright, the head of the federal defender office in Norfolk, will fill the opening that occurred when Judge Jerome B. Friedman took senior status.

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