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Rogers endorsed for circuit court seat

Roanoke Valley lawyers have offered separate endorsements for a vacant circuit court judgeship that might be funded by this year’s General Assembly.

The Salem/Roanoke County Bar Association Friday endorsed Frank W. Rogers III of Roanoke for the circuit court seat. In February, the Roanoke Bar Association endorsed David B. Carson for the position, with Rogers as the choice for a potential second funded vacancy.

Both groups endorsed Leisa K. Ciaffone for an open seat on the juvenile and domestic relations court bench.

The Roanoke Times reports there’s talk in legal circles that Del. Onzlee Ware, D-Roanoke, might be considered for one of the positions.

Rogers has served in leadership roles in the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, the Virginia Bar Association, and the Virginia State Bar. He is currently a member of the Virginia State Bar Family Law Section’s Board of Governors, the Virginia Bar Association’s Domestic Relations Council, and the Virginia Family Law Coalition.

The Roanoke Valley bench seats were left unfunded by the General Assembly in its regular session, but Gov. Bob McDonnell recommended funding for those and 10 other judgeships in proposed budget amendments to be considered by the Assembly Wednesday.

Legislators will hold judicial interviews Tuesday afternoon.

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