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VTLA, APABA announce endorsements

Two more bar groups have announced their endorsements for two federal court vacancies.

The Virginia Trial Lawyers Association found U.S. Magistrate Judge M. Hannah Lauck highly qualified for a U.S. District Court seat in Norfolk. The VTLA found Linda S. Laibstain, a partner at Williams Mullen in Norfolk, to be qualified.

For a seat in the Western District, the VTLA found highly qualified State Sen. John S. Edwards, a sole practitioner in Roanoke; William F. Gould, a partner in the Washington firm of O’Brien Gould PLLC and a former federal prosecutor in Charlottesville; and U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael F. Urbanski of Roanoke. The organization found William W. Helsley, a sole practitioner in Harrisonburg, and Larry W. Shelton, the federal public defender in the Western District to be qualified.

The Asian Pacific Bar Association highly recommended Urbanski and U.S. Magistrate Judge Pamela Meade Sargent of Abingdon for the Western District seat and recommended Gould, Helsley and University of Virginia law professor Rachel A. Harmon.

APABA found Laibstain and Krysia C. Nelson, a partner in the firm of the Charlottesville firm of Tucker & Nelson, to be qualified for the Eastern District seat.

An earlier article with the endorsement of other bar groups and background on the vacancies and recommendations is here.

By Alan Cooper

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