Members of the Loudoun County Bar Association were told Tuesday that eight attorneys have expressed interest in filling Circuit Court vacancy that will be created with the Jan. 1 retirement of Judge Burke F. McCahill.
The Bar’s Candidate Qualifications Evaluation Committee last month put out a call for candidates and asked those interested to complete questionnaires.
Candidates for the post include three county prosecutors: Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Sean P. Morgan, Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Alejandra Rueda and Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Germaine (Gigi) Lawless. Others are Assistant County Attorney Zaida Thompson; former Assistant County Attorney Lorrie Sinclair, of Biberaj, Snow & Sinclair; Alexander Levay, who served nine years in the Public Defender’s Office before starting his own practice in 1996; Robert Hartsoe, a partner at Harsoe & Morgan, and Thomas Plofchan, of the Westlake Legal Group.
The next step is for Bar members to complete evaluation forms about the candidates. The committee will rate each as highly qualified, qualified or make no recommendation. The full Bar will meet in January to hear from the candidates and vote to select its top candidate to be recommended to the General Assembly. The Bar associations in Fauquier and Rappahoncok counties, also part of the 20th Circuit, also will have input, although the position is recognized as a Loudoun seat.
The state legislature is expected to make its appointment in late January.
McCahill is Loudoun’s most senior judge. He began practicing law in Leesburg in 1976 and was appointed to the judgeship in 1998.