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VBA to Evaluate Candidates for EDVA Bench

Wednesday, May 2, 2018   (0 Comments)
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With an upcoming vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Timothy M. Kaine have asked statewide and specialty bars to "help us assure that Judge Hudson's successor ... continues his dedicated public service."

Judge Henry E. Hudson is taking senior status as of June 1.

The VBA Committee on Federal Judgeships - Eastern District will evaluate candidates who submit their applications to the VBA. Its recommendations will be forwarded to officers of the association and, once all candidates are informed of the outcome, a letter will be sent to the senators with the names of the candidates the VBA recommends.

Candidates seeking the VBA's evaluation - no interviews are held - should forward the following materials electronically by May 18, 2018, to VBA Executive Director Yvonne Cockram at

  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. One or more brief samples of judicial opinions, legal briefs, or law review articles written by the candidate that the candidate believes will assist the committee's evaluation.
  5. Any other written materials the candidate believes will assist the committee.
  6. Any other materials the committee requests.

Applicants also are required to complete a questionnaire and submit it to the Virginia's U.S. senators by May 18, 2018. The mandatory questionnaire can be found on Warner’s website.

The senators "intend to recommend strong candidates for the president's consideration to fill this vacancy, and hope to make these recommendations in the coming weeks," according to a letter sent to the VSB president that requests its assistance in having other statewide bar associations solicit interested individuals, review their qualifications and make recommendations to the senators. They "look forward to working ... to maintain the quality, integrity, and diversity of the Eastern District bench."

U.S. district judges are appointed by the president. They undergo hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee in advance of a full Senate vote on confirmation.

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