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Applications invited for federal judgeship

Virginia’s U.S. senators have asked the Virginia State Bar to evaluate candidates for the U.S. district court seat to be vacated when Judge James R. Spencer of Richmond takes senior status next year.

Spencer has announced he will become a senior judge on March 25 next year.

The request for evaluations from Sens. Mark R. Warner and Timothy M. Kaine triggers investigations and personal interviews by the VSB’s 13-member Judicial Candidate Evaluation Committee which reports candidates as “Qualified” or “Highly Qualified.”

Although the president makes nominations for federal district judgeships, potential nominees often are recommended by members of Congress. The U.S. Senate has the final say.

The VSB asks candidates to submit a résumé, a brief writing sample and responses to a questionnaire available on the VSB website. The deadline is June 7.

Submissions should be sent electronically, according to the VSB, and the original questionnaire should be submitted by mail. Interviews of candidates will be scheduled on July 8 at the VSB office in Richmond.

VSB staff member Asha Holloman, holloman@vsb.org, (804) 775-0551, is the contact for any questions.

UPDATED: This post was updated May 13 to add a link to the Warner-Kaine letter.

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