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VSB rates candidates to replace Lacy

Four judges from the Virginia Court of Appeals are among nine candidates the judicial nominations committee of the Virginia State Bar has found to be highly qualified to fill the Supreme Court of Virginia vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Elizabeth B. Lacy.

The committee found two candidates to be qualified and made no finding on three others.

The VSB Executive Committee accepted the nominations committee’s report today and transmitted it to Gov. Timothy M. Kaine, who will name Lacy’s replacement. The governor is expected to confer with key legislators before making the appointment because the General Assembly will have the final say when it convenes next year.

Those found highly qualified are:

? Chesterfield County Circuit Judge Michael C. Allen
? Chief Judge Walter S. Felton Jr. of the Court of Appeals
? Court of Appeals Judge Robert P. Frank
? Chesapeake Circuit Judge S. Bernard Goodwyn
? Prince William County Circuit Judge William D. Hamblen
? Court of Appeals Judge Robert J. Humphreys
? Court of Appeals Judge D. Arthur Kelsey
? Prince William County Circuit Judge Leroy F. Millette Jr.
? Chief Deputy Attorney General William C. Mims

Found qualified are:

? Judge L. Thomas Booker Jr., a military judge based in Norfolk
? Mary Jane Hall, a partner at Kaufman & Canoles PC in Norfolk

The committee made no finding on the qualifications of:

? Arelia S. Langhorne, a sole practitioner from Lynchburg
? Sharon M.B. Pigeon, an assistant state attorney general
? Richmond Circuit Judge Margaret P. Spencer

The Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys found eight of those candidates to be qualified: Allen, Felton, Goodwyn, Hall, Hamblen, Kelsey, Millette and Mims.

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