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VBA to Evaluate Court of Appeals Candidates

Tuesday, January 14, 2020   (0 Comments)
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Interested candidates should submit items by Jan. 23

With a vacancy on the Court of Appeals of Virginia, state Sen. John S. Edwards has asked statewide and specialty bars to evaluate candidates. Edwards is chair of the Senate Courts of Justice committee.

The VBA Committee on Nominations to Virginia Commissions & Appellate Courts will evaluate candidates who submit their applications to the VBA. No interviews will be held.

The seat to be filled is that of Judge Rossie D. Alston Jr., who became a U.S. district judge in the Eastern District of Virginia last year.

Candidates seeking the VBA's evaluation should forward the following materials electronically by 5 p.m. Jan. 23, 2020, to VBA Executive Director R. 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 writing 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

The VBA committee's findings will be conveyed to association officers and, once the candidates have been notified of the findings, the executive director will notify Senator Edwards of VBA-recommended candidates.

Applicants who also wish to be evaluated by the Virginia State Bar should submit a resume, a brief writing sample and the VSB questionnaire on or before 4 p.m. Jan. 23. Email those submissions to and mail the original to the Virginia State Bar, Judicial Candidate Evaluation Committee, 1111 E. Main St., Suite 700, Richmond, VA  23219-0026.

The Court of Appeals consists of 11 judges elected for eight-year terms by a majority of the members of each house of the General Assembly. It hears appeals of Virginia circuit court cases and the Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission.

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