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Bar groups announce judge choices

Two more bar groups have announced their recommendations for filling the judgeship of U.S. District Judge Glen E. Conrad of the Western District of Virginia.

The Virginia Bar Association listed its endorsements in alphabetical order:

  • U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert S. Ballou of the Western District
  • Roanoke Circuit Judge David B. Carson
  • U.S. District Court Clerk Julia C. Dudley of the Western District
  • U.S. Magistrate Judge Pamela Meade Sargent of the Western District

The Old Dominion Bar Association Judicial Selection Committee, after interviews on March 26, issued this report:

  • Carson – Highly Qualified and Recommended
  • Sargent — Highly Qualified and Recommended
  • Stafford County Circuit Judge Victoria Willis — Highly Qualified and Recommended
  • Ballou — Highly Qualified
  • Dudley — Highly Qualified
  • Williamsburg attorney Patricia Nagel — Highly Qualified
  • Roanoke attorney Melvin Williams – Highly Qualified
  • McLean attorney David Barger – Qualified
  • Roanoke attorney Gregory Habeeb – Qualified
  • Former U.S. Rep. Robert Hurt – Qualified
  • Scott County Circuit Judge John Kilgore – Qualified

Previously, a Virginia State Bar panel ranked candidates with Kilgore the only one unanimously endorsed as “highly qualified.”

The Roanoke Bar Association recommended Ballou.

Virginia’s two U.S. senators will make recommendations to the president.