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Applicants sought for federal judgeship

Virginia’s two U.S. senators are accepting applications for the Alexandria federal judgeship to be vacated this month by the retirement of U.S. District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee.

Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine have asked the Virginia State Bar to initiate its judicial evaluation process, which includes coordination with other statewide bar groups to rate candidates. The senators say they hope to make recommendations to President Trump in the fall.

There are two deadlines for candidates to heed.

The deadline for candidates to submit materials to the VSB is Monday, Sept. 19. Candidates are asked for a résumé, a brief writing sample, and responses to the VSB questionnaire (link to Word document on VSB site).

The VSB submissions should be sent electronically (as a Word document), and the original questionnaire should be submitted by mail. Interviews of candidates will be scheduled Tuesday, Oct. 3,  at the VSB office in Richmond. The Senators request ratings from the VSB by Oct. 15.

There is also a questionnaire for the senators. Relevant information, including a link to download and complete the mandatory questionnaire, can be found on Warner’s website. The deadline to submit materials to Warner’s office, including a cover letter, résumé and other requested documents, is Friday, Sept. 29.

The VSB’s Judicial Candidate Evaluation Committee consists of 13 active lawyer members, one from each of the bar’s 10 disciplinary districts and three from the state at large, elected to staggered three-year terms. The current committee is chaired by Richmond’s W. David Harless. The committee generally coordinates its interview process with various statewide bar associations.

Contact VSB staff member Asha Holloman at aholloman@vsb.org or (804) 775-0551 with any questions about the VSB evaluations.

Lee announced this spring that he would retire Sept. 30 after a 24-year judicial career.

Article III judges, including U.S. district judges, are appointed by the president with the advice and consent of the U.S. Senate. The Senate Judiciary Committee conducts hearings prior to a vote by the full Senate on confirmation of candidates nominated by the president.

Updated Sept. 2 with additional information, including two deadlines and two separate application processes.