Virginia bar groups have announced their procedures for vetting candidates for the federal district judgeship to be vacated by the decision by Judge James Spencer to take senior status.
Spencer has announced he will become a senior judge on March 25 next year.
Besides the Virginia State Bar, as many as eight lawyers’ associations may make recommendations to Virginia’s two U.S. senators who could influence the selection made by President Obama.
The VSB’s Judicial Candidate Evaluation Committee is taking applications through June 7 and will conduct interviews of candidates on July 8. The VSB asks candidates to submit a résumé, a brief writing sample and responses to a questionnaire available on the VSB website.
The Virginia Bar Association, the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys also are asking for résumés or CVs, the VSB questionnaires and writing samples. Those groups do not conduct interviews of candidates.
The materials should be sent by email by June 7 to VBA executive director Yvonne McGhee at firstname.lastname@example.org, to VTLA executive director Jack Harris at email@example.com and to VADA executive director Jill Wells Nunnally at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Five other groups will receive application materials and conduct interviews of the candidates. These groups are:
- The Old Dominion Bar Association
- The Virginia Women Attorneys Association
- The Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Virginia
- The Northern Virginia Black Attorneys Association
- The Hispanic Bar Association of Virginia
Most, if not all, of the specialty bars will conduct interviews on July 8 in conjunction with the VSB interviews in Richmond.
The VWAA has its own judicial questionnaire at its website, http://www.vwaa.org/.
The ODBA asks that the same materials sent to the VSB be emailed to ODBA vice-president Beverly A. Burton at BABurton@aol.com.
The HBA asks that the same materials sent to the VSB be sent to:Manuel E. Leiva The Leiva Law Firm PLC 10555 Main Street Suite 600 Fairfax, VA 22030
The APABA-VA asks that the same materials sent to the VSB be sent to:Richard D. Holzheimer, Jr. Cochran & Owen, LLC 8000 Towers Crescent Drive Suite 160 Vienna, VA 22182
UPDATE: This post was updated on May 23 to add contact information for the HBA. It was updated again on June 1 to add the information from APABA-VA.