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August 01, 2019

Virginia 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 upcoming judicial vacancy in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Judge Rebecca Beach Smith takes senior status effective August 1, 2019. Relevant information, including a mandatory questionnaire, may be found on Senator Kaine’s website here. The deadline to submit materials to the senators is Wednesday, August 28, 2019.

*Virginia State Bar Process:

The VSB has been asked by U.S. Senators Kaine and Warner to evaluate the candidates for the upcoming vacancy on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia due to the senior status of Judge Smith.  

In order to be evaluated by the VSB, you must submit a résumé, 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 August 28, 2019.  Please submit your application materials by email before the deadline to

In addition to the materials you will email to the VSB as described above, provide the original signed and notarized VSB questionnaire via mail or courier service to:

Virginia State Bar
Judicial Candidate Evaluation Committee
1111 E. Main Street, Suite 700
Richmond, VA 23219-0026

Please do not mail or courier anything to the VSB other than the original signed and notarized VSB questionnaire. All other documents should be emailed to       

Interviews of candidates are scheduled to take place on Friday, October 11, 2019, at the Virginia State Bar office at 1111 E. Main Street, Suite 700, Richmond. 

These are the other bar groups that will conduct interviews on October 11 (in addition to the JCEC):

Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Virginia
Hispanic Bar Association
Northern Virginia Black Attorneys Association
Old Dominion Bar Association
Virginia Women Attorneys Association 

The following bar groups will evaluate candidates and make recommendations, but will not conduct interviews:

Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys
Virginia Bar Association
Virginia Trial Lawyers Association

Contact Asha Holloman of the VSB at or (804) 775-0551, if you have any questions.

Updated August 5, 2019 to include bar associations involved in the process.

Updated: Aug 05, 2019