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Additional judge endorsements announced

The Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Virginia has given its top endorsement for a Virginia federal judgeship to veteran U.S. Magistrate Judge Pamela Meade Sargent.

Sargent, with 17 years on the bench, was the only one of six candidates deemed “qualified” by a Virginia State Bar evaluation committee that failed to gain a “highly qualified” rating by that VSB panel.

Nevertheless, Sargent is listed as “highly recommended” by the APABA-VA in its report to Virginia’s two U.S. senators.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Ballou and first assistant federal public defender Fay Spence were both listed as “recommended” by the APABA-VA.

Deemed “qualified” by the group are:

  • Western District Clerk of Court Julia Dudley
  • Salem lawyer Elizabeth Dillon
  • Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeb Terrien
  • University of Virginia law Prof. Rachel Harmon
  • Former Del. Ward Armstrong of Martinsville
  • Roanoke lawyer John Fishwick

The report on the APABA-VA rankings was provided Friday by Sara M. Sakagami of Alexandria.

Also on Friday, Fishwick won an endorsement from the Salem/Roanoke County Bar Association.

The Roanoke Bar Association votes Tuesday on its endorsements for the seat of retiring Judge Samuel Wilson.

The senators will make recommendations to President Barack Obama, who will appoint a new judge subject to the confirmation of the Senate.

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