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U.S. Magistrate Judge Jones to retire

Alexandria U.S. Magistrate Judge T. Rawles Jones Jr. will retire Feb. 28, according to the court.

Jones, 66, was an Alexandria lawyer for 20 years before his appointment as a magistrate judge in 1994. A native of Suffolk, he served as an assistant commonwealth’s attorney for seven years and was in private practice for 13 years.

Jones gained attention this year when he authored an opinion allowing service of a trademark infringement lawsuit through social media.

The U.S. District Court has appointed a seven-member merit selection panel to recommend a replacement for Jones. The panel is chaired by lawyer William B. Cummings of Alexandria.

Application forms and further information about the magistrate judge position may be obtained from Cummings at P.O. Box 1177, Alexandria, Virginia 22313, telephone (703) 836-7997; or from the U.S. District Court clerk at 401 Courthouse Square, Alexandria, Virginia 22314-5798, telephone (703) 299-2107. Application forms are also available on the court’s website at

Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications electronically, if possible, to the merit selection panel through Cumming’s email address, available through the link to the court’s announcement.

Applications must be received or postmarked no later than Aug. 11.

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