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Santoro named bankruptcy judge

Frank J. Santoro has been named a bankruptcy judge for the Eastern District of Virginia in Norfolk, to replace David H. Adams who will retire Jan. 2, 2008, upon the completion of his term of appointment.

Santoro (right) is expected to take the bench in March 2008, according to a press release from the Bankruptcy Court. Santoro currently is the managing partner of Marcus, Santoro & Kozak P.C., a Chesapeake law firm. Santoro has served as Standing Chapter 13 Trustee since October 1987 for the Norfolk and Newport News Divisions. He also has served as a Chapter 7 Trustee.

Santoro graduated in 1976 from Allegheny College, and received his law degree in 1979 from the Marshall Wythe School of Law at William & Mary. Bankruptcy judges are appointed by the 4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to serve for a 14-year term.