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Fairfax to get three new Circuit judges today

The Fairfax County delegation to the Virginia General Assembly is meeting today outside Fairfax City to interview 13 candidates for the Circuit Court bench.

The state senators and delegates will then pick three people for nomination. The delegation's selections almost always sail easily through the Richmond confirmation process to jobs as circuit judges.

Four new judges joined the bench last year, and with three new ones in 2010, that will mean nearly half of Fairfax's Circuit Court -- seven of 15 judgeships -- will have been appointed in the last two years.

The current applicants are vying for the seats being vacated by Judges Michael P. McWeeny, Gaylord L. Finch Jr. and Stanley P. Klein, all of whom are retiring.

The candidates have undergone interviews and examination by various local bar associations, including the Fairfax bar, the women's bar and some minority bars, to get ratings ranging from unqualified to qualified to recommended to highly recommended.

The delegation then uses those bars' ratings as part of their evaluative process.

Here are the 13 candidates, in alphabetical order:

  • Fairfax General District Court Judge Penney S. Azcarate;
  • David Bernhard
  • Grace Burke Carroll
  • Fairfax General District Court Judge Michael J. Cassidy
  • William P. Daly Jr.
  • Michael F. Devine
  • Brian M. Hirsch
  • Brett A. Kassabian
  • Fairfax General District Court Judge Lorraine Nordlund
  • August W. Steinhilber III
  • Alicia L. Summers
  • John M. Tran
  • Robert E. Worst

-- Tom Jackman

By Tom Jackman  |  December 14, 2009; 12:08 PM ET
Categories:  Fairfax , From the Courthouse , Tom Jackman  
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