Former Virginia Supreme Court Justice John Charles Thomas is among those who have told the Virginia State Bar that they are interested in a seat on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
A current member of the Supreme Court, Justice Barbara Milano Keenan, also has told the bar that she wants to be considered for the seat, as have Gregory A. Ashe, an attorney with the Federal Trade Commission in Washington; A. Benjamin Spencer, a law professor at Washington and Lee University; Timothy V. Anderson, the principal in Anderson & Associates PC in Virginia Beach; and Randy S. Segal, senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of SkyTerra Communications Inc. in Reston.Anderson and Segal have told the bar they also would be interested in a district court vacancy Eastern District of Virginia.
Two Richmond attorneys, Edward H. Starr Jr., a partner at Troutman Sanders, and John A. Gibney Jr., a shareholder at ThompsonMcMullan, have said they are interested only in the district court seat.
The VSB and other statewide bar groups have asked candidates for the two seats to submit by Friday a resume, a judicial questionnaire and a writing sample.
U.S. Senators Jim Webb and Mark Warner asked the bar groups to submit recommendations for the seats by the first of next month. The VSB and other groups plan to interview candidates on Feb. 19 and 20.
By Alan Cooper