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November 30, 2020

Senators and VSB Seek Candidates for Federal Judicial Vacancy

Senators' Process:

U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Timothy M. Kaine are accepting applications from candidates interested in pursuing a nomination to fill the judicial vacancy in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Judge Liam O'Grady assumed senior status on May 1, 2020. Relevant information, including a mandatory questionnaire, may be found on Senator Warner's website here. The deadline to submit materials to the senators is December 18, 2020.

Virginia State Bar Process:

The VSB is assisting Senators Warner and Kaine in evaluating candidates for Judge O'Grady's vacancy on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Candidates who desire to be evaluated by the VSB must submit a resume, a brief writing sample, and responses to a questionnaire (Word document) available here on the Virginia State Bar website. The deadline for submissions is 4:30 p.m. on December 18, 2020. Please submit your application materials by email before the deadline to

Interviews will be conducted by the individual committee members.


Please contact Asha Holloman of the VSB if you have any questions.


Originally posted 11/30/20. Updated 12/17/20 to remove the requirement that the questionnaire be notarized and mailed.

Updated: Jan 11, 2021