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Applications sought for federal judgeship

Virginia’s two U.S. senators are now accepting applications for a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

The Virginia State Bar, likewise, is preparing to evaluate candidates for the vacancy created when U.S. District Judge Liam O’Grady took senior status on May 1.

The deadline for submitting applications and other materials to both the senators and the VSB is Dec. 18. Relevant information, including a link to a mandatory questionnaire, may be found on Sen. Mark Warner’s website.

Candidates who desire to be evaluated by the VSB must submit a resume, a brief writing sample and responses to a questionnaire available on the Virginia State Bar website.

The materials should be sent to judicialeval@vsb.org.

In addition, candidates should provide the original signed and notarized VSB questionnaire – but not the accompanying materials – via mail or courier service to: Virginia State Bar, Judicial Candidate Evaluation Committee, 1111 E. Main Street, Suite 700, Richmond, VA 23219-0026.

Interviews of candidates by the JCEC are scheduled to take place Feb. 11 via Microsoft Teams.

U.S. district judges are nominated by the U.S. president and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Presidents often make nominations based on recommendations from senators of the state in question.

Update from the VBA, added Dec. 7:

The Virginia Bar Association’s Committee on Federal Judgeships – Eastern District will evaluate candidates who submit their applications to the VBA.
Candidates seeking the VBA’s evaluation – no interviews are held – should forward the following materials electronically by close of business Dec. 18 to VBA Executive Director Yvonne Cockram at ycockram@vba.org:
  1. A letter requesting the VBA’s recommendation.
  2. A copy of his/her completed Virginia State Bar judicial questionnaire. [Downloadable Word document]
  3. A resume.
  4. A brief writing sample including judicial opinions, legal briefs, or law review articles written by the candidate that the candidate believes will assist the committee’s evaluation.