Charlottesville public defender James M. Hingeley Jr. will take the place of legal aid attorney Alex R. Gulotta on the Virginia State Bar Council as Gulotta prepares for a move to San Francisco at the end of the year.
Gulotta announced last month he was resigning as executive director of Charlottesville’s Legal Aid Justice Center to take the ED position at Bay Area Legal Aid. He has been with the Charlottesville group for nearly 20 years.
Gulotta said his move will allow more frequent visits with his grown children, now living in the West. “The opportunity to be closer to them and to be in a new environment is exciting,” he said.
Gulotta will direct a legal aid office with 70 lawyers. “It’s a big step up,” he said.
Gulotta was the Virginia State Bar’s legal aid lawyer of the year in 1999. He is on the board and serves as treasurer of the National Legal Aid & Defender Association.
Hingeley has served as public defender for Charlottesville and Albemarle County in 1998 and was public defender in Lynchburg from 1991-1998. He is a former president of the Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Hingeley was the only nominee for Gulotta’s seat, according to the VSB. He fills the unexpired term on the VSB Council that ends June 30, 2016.