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February 19, 2021

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 an upcoming judicial vacancy in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia. Judge James P. Jones will assume senior status effective Aug. 30, 2021. Relevant information, including a mandatory questionnaire, may be found on Senator Warner's website here. The deadline to submit materials to the senators is March 8, 2021.

Virginia State Bar Process:

The VSB is assisting Senators Warner and Kaine in evaluating candidates to fill Judge Jones’s vacancy on the United States District Court for the Western 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 March 8, 2021. Please submit your application materials by email before the deadline to

Interviews will be conducted by the individual committee members.

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

Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Virginia
Hispanic Bar Association
Old Dominion Bar Association
Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
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


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


Posted: Feb 19, 2021

Updated: Mar 12, 2021