8 Seek Consideration for Loudoun Judgeship

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.

3 thoughts on “8 Seek Consideration for Loudoun Judgeship

  • 2016-12-07 at 2:44 pm

    Please don’t select another judge like Irby. She literally graduated from a bottom 10 law school and is unusually regarded as a debacle.

    Maybe select the judge who promises to make their judicial review forms (evaluations from lawyers) public. I would pay big $$$ for Irby’s.

  • 2016-12-08 at 6:52 pm

    Loudoun Now has provided a valuable service to the citizens of Loudoun by publishing the names early. It is incumbent upon the readers and citizens now to contact the local leaders with concerns about specific candidates. I consider Alexander Levay as the only choice, simply because he has the more impressive resume.

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