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More bar groups submit endorsements

Five more bar organization have submitted their endorsements for a vacancy on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals or for a district court opening in the Eastern District of Virginia.

The Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys endorsed Barbara Milano Keenan, Patricia A. Millett and John Charles Thomas for the 4th Circuit, and Randy I. Bellows, M. Hannah Lauck and Bellows, Lauck and Edward H Starr Jr. for the district court.

The Virginia Women Attorneys Association highly recommended Keenan for the 4th Circuit; recommended Millett, Larry G. Elder and Mary Lynn Tate; and found Thomas, Gregory A. Ashe, Michael St.P. Baxter, J. Amy Dillard, John S. Edwards, Sharon Y. Eubanks and A. Benjamin Spencer to be qualified.

For the district court seat, the VWAA highly recommended Lauck, recommended Bellows and found Eubanks, John A. Gibney Jr. and Richard D. Taylor to be qualified.

The Hispanic Bar Association of Virginia highly recommended Millett and Tate for the 4th Circuit; recommended Keenan and Thomas; and found Baxter, Kathleen J.L. Holmes, Lisa E. Jones and James J. Vergara Jr. to be qualified.

For the district court, HBA-VA highly recommended Bellows and Taylor, recommended Lauck and found Gibney, Jones and James L. Banks Jr. to be qualified.

The Asian Pacific American Bar Association highly recommended Millett and Keenan for the 4th Circuit; recommended Eubanks, Tate and Thomas and found qualified Baxter, Holmes, Jones, Vergara and James E. Ryan to be qualified.

For the district court, APABA highly recommended Bellows, Lauck and Taylor; recommended Eubanks, and found Banks and Gibney to be qualified.

The Northern Virginia Black Attorneys Association highly recommended Eubanks, Keenan and Millett for the 4th Circuit and recommended Ryan, Tate, Thomas and Vergara. NOVABAA did not make endorsements for the district court seat.

If you don’t recognize a name, a post on Thursday had the endorsements of the Virginia State Bar, the Virginia Bar Association and the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association with links to one-phrase descriptions of the more than 30 candidates who asked to be considered by one of more bar groups.

U.S. Senators Jim Webb and Mark Warner asked the bar groups to recommend candidates for the vacancies. They in turn will make recommendations to President Barack Obama, who will make the appointments subject to Senate confirmation.

By Alan Cooper

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