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August 03, 2007

Bar Groups to Assist in Evaluating Candidates for Court of Appeals Vacancy

The Virginia State Bar Executive Committee will meet Thursday, Sept. 6, 2007, at noon in Lexington, Virginia, to receive and act on the report and recommendations of the VSB Judicial Nominations Committee concerning persons who seek to fill the vacancy on the Court of Appeals of Virginia created by the retirement from active service of Judge James W. Benton Jr.

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine has asked for the assistance of the statewide bar groups in identifying and evaluating candidates for the vacancy, which he will fill by appointment. The person appointed will need to stand for election by the General Assembly when it meets in January 2008.

He has asked for recommendations by Sept. 7. The Judicial Nominations Committee has established a schedule for preparing a response to Kaine’s request.

The deadline for receipt of nominations and supporting materials in the VSB Richmond office is Aug. 24, and interviews will be conducted with the candidates on Aug. 30. The committee’s report and recommendations will be sent to the executive committee prior to the Sept. 6 meeting.

The executive committee then will authorize VSB President Howard W. Martin Jr. to transmit the bar’s recommendations to Kaine.

For more information and a copy of the questionnaire that must be completed by all candidates, please contact Valerie Breeden at the VSB, (804) 775-0551 or

Updated: Aug 03, 2007