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June 25, 2007

Bar Groups to Assist in Evaluating Candidates for Court Vacancy

The Virginia State Bar Executive Committee will meet on Wednesday, Aug. 29, at 11 a.m. at the Virginia State Bar office in Richmond to receive and act on the report and recommendations of the Judicial Nominations Committee concerning persons who seek to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court of Virginia created by the retirement from active service of Justice Elizabeth B. Lacy.

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 Aug. 30. The VSB’s Judicial Nominations Committee has elected Carter Glass IV of Richmond as its 2007 chair, and established a schedule for preparing a response to Kaine’s request.

The deadline for receipt of nominations and supporting materials in the VSB office is July 23, and interviews will be conducted with the candidates on Aug. 17. The nomination committee’s report and recommendations will be sent to the executive committee about one week prior to the Aug. 29 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, breeden@vsb.org (804) 775-0551.

Updated: Jun 25, 2007