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VSB panel recommends seven for Court of Appeals

The Virginia State Bar’s Judicial Nominations Committee has found six candidates highly qualified for the expected vacancy this year on the Court of Appeals of Virginia. One other candidate was found “qualified.”

The panel votes first on whether a candidate is “qualified.” A second round of votes is then taken on whether candidates will be deemed “highly qualified.” In each case, a majority is required.

The committee’s choices, with vote totals, are:

HIGHLY QUALIFIED

  • Tazewell County Circuit Judge Teresa Chafin (6-4)
  • Richmond lawyer Collin J. Hite (7-3)
  • Augusta County Circuit Judge Victor Ludwig (9-0)
  • Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources Maureen R. Matsen (8-2)
  • Roanoke lawyer Monica Monday (11-0)
  • Federal public defender Larry W. Shelton (10-0)

QUALIFIED

  • Wythe County Circuit Judge Josiah T. Showalter, Jr. (10-0)

Two candidates carry holdover evaluations from last year. Ludwig received his rating when he was considered for vacancies on the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court; Monday was evaluated for an opening at the Supreme Court.

The General Assembly is expected to vote on a replacement for retiring Judge James Haley Jr. of the Court of Appeals.

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