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Old Dominion Bar plans judicial interviews

Candidates for the seat of retiring Court of Appeals Judge James Haley Jr.  face a round of interviews.  Not only will they sit down with representatives of the Virginia State Bar on Feb. 16, they also are invited to meet with several special interest bar groups.

The Old Dominion Bar Association is making it easy for the candidates. The ODBA will conduct candidate interviews at the VSB offices on Feb. 16, the same day as the VSB’s judicial nominating committee.

ODBA president Beverly Burton says candidates should send her copies of the same materials they submit to the VSB.

Burton said electronic mail is preferred. Her address is BABurton@aol.com. Candidates also can mail a hard copy to B. A. Burton, 2506 Riverside Drive, Richmond, VA  23225.  The deadline for submission of materials is February 1, 2012.

Other groups that conduct interviews of judicial candidates include the Virginia Women Attorneys Association, the Asian Pacific American Bar Association, the Northern Virginia Association of Black Attorneys and the Hispanic Bar Association.

UPDATE: The VWAA also will do interviews at the VSB offices on Feb. 16.

The Virginia Bar Association does not do personal interviews with judicial candidates, but it requests materials be sent by Feb. 1 for consideration. The VBA seeks:

  1. Responses to the VSB questionnaire,
  2. A personal résumé and
  3. A writing sample.

The materials should be emailed to VBA executive director Yvonne McGhee at yvonnemcghee@vba.org.

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