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16 apply for Court of Appeals seat

A crowded field is competing for the open seat on the Court of Appeals of Virginia. The Virginia State Bar reported 16 candidates submitted paperwork to be considered as the VSB and other bar organizations conduct interviews Feb. 19.

The appellate vacancy was created in June when Judge Rossie D. Alton Jr. was confirmed to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

The VSB disclosed the following candidate list, updated through Jan. 27:

  • Fairfax County Circuit Judge David Bernhard
  • Fairfax County Circuit Judge Richard E. Gardiner
  • State Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs Carlos L. Hopkins of Richmond
  • Workers Compensation Commissioner Wesley G. Marshall
  • Chesterfield County Circuit Judge Steven C. McCallum
  • Pittsylvania County Circuit Stacey W. Moreau
  • Williamsburg attorney Patricia P. Nagel
  • Fairfax County Circuit Judge Daniel E. Ortiz
  • Former state solicitor general Stuart A. Raphael of Arlington
  • Prince William County J&DR Judge H. Jan Roltsch-Anoll
  • Richmond attorney Elwood E. “Sandy” Sanders Jr.
  • Wythe County Circuit Judge Josiah T. Showalter Jr.
  • Fairfax County Circuit Judge Robert J. Smith
  • Assistant U.S. Attorney Jamar K. Walker of Alexandria
  • Fredericksburg Circuit Judge Victoria A.B. Willis
  • Indigent Defense Commission counsel Catherine French Zagurskie

Richmond attorney Brian J. Schneider had submitted an application, but later withdrew from consideration, according to the VSB.

Updated Jan. 27 to note Schneider’s withdrawal and to correct the locations of Walker and Raphael.