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  • 14 Mar 2024 12:05 PM | William Turner (Administrator)


    After many years of dedicated service to the Court and the Community, Special Justice George Gills has announced his retirement.  In accordance with Virginia Code §37.2-803, the Circuit Court will be accepting applications from interested persons for this position.  Special Justices are appointed by the Chief Judge of the Circuit Court.  Appointments are for a term of up to six years (unless sooner removed by the Chief Judge) with the ability to be reappointed for subsequent six-year terms.

    Special Justices sit as judges for mental health commitment hearings and are subject to the Judicial Cannons.  Hearings are currently held on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at Virginia Hospital Center and begin at 9 a.m.  Applicants must be licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia and be in good standing with the Virginia Bar.  They should not have any current conflicts with Virginia Hospital Center or Arlington County’s Department of Human Services.  Completion of the mandatory six-hour training program prescribed by the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court of Virginia for adult commitments must be completed within six (6) months of appointment.  In addition, the additional two-hour mandatory training for juvenile commitments must be completed no later than one (1) year after appointment.  Applicants should have strong organizational and administrative skills, as there is limited administrative support available for this position. 

    Currently adult mental commitment hearings are held at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at Virginia Hospital Center.  Juvenile hearings are expected to begin within the next twelve to eighteen months.  Applicants must be able to attend in person hearings at Virginia Hospital Center during these times on a schedule to be determined among the Special Justices in order to be considered. 

    The following link provides further information:


    Interested persons should submit a resume and cover letter setting forth their qualifications to Chief Judge Judith Wheat via email, c/o Court Administrator Shaunella Hargrove, shargrove@arlingtonva.us.  Applicants should explain why they are interested in sitting as a Special Justice and describe any relevant qualities they bring to the position, including any prior experience representing clients in civil commitment proceedings.  Applications must be received by Friday, March 29, 2024 to be considered.  The Court may appoint more than one person to this position.

  • 2 Feb 2023 8:35 AM | Anonymous

    The Balloting  for Members was closed at 10pm last night and 70 ballots were cast.  Thank you to our Members who chose to complete a ballot. The results of the voting for each candidate for the upcoming General District Court vacancy are as follows:

    1. Sudeep Bose, Esq

    Highly Recommended: 12

    Recommended: 14

    Not Recommended: 24

    Ability Not Known: 20

    2. David Wayne Deane, Esq.

    Highly Recommended: 5

    Recommended: 20

    Not Recommended: 16

    Ability Not Known: 29

    3. G. "Rex" Flynn, Esq.

    Highly Recommended: 17

    Recommended: 18

    Not Recommended: 21

    Ability Not Known: 14

    4.  Adam Michael Krischer, Esq.

    Highly Recommended: 29

    Recommended: 18

    Not Recommended: 14

    Ability Not Known: 9

    5. Cari Michele Steele, Esq.

    Highly Recommended: 37

    Recommended: 17

    Not Recommended: 9

    Ability Not Known: 7

  • 30 Jan 2023 8:54 PM | Anonymous

    The Judicial Selection Committee has finalized its reports on the 5 candidates for the upcoming GDC Vacancy. For each candidate, their Report and Personal Statement is linked below:

    1. Sudeep Bose, Esq.  (Report / Personal Statement)

    2. David Wayne Deane, Esq. (Report / Personal Statement)

    3. G. "Rex" Flynn, Jr., Esq. (Report / Personal Statement)

    4. Adam Michael Krischer, Esq. (Report / Personal Statement)

    5. Cari Michele Steele, Esq. (Report / Personal Statement)

  • 12 Jan 2023 4:56 PM | Anonymous

    The Bar offers its hearty congratulations and thank you to Patty Petroccione on her forthcoming retirement!

    Patty's final day at the Walter T. McCarthy Law Library will be January 18, 2023. There will be an "open house" from noon to 4pm for folks to congratulate her in person with refreshments, to include sandwiches and pizza. 

    Patty's career accomplishments and tenure as Law Librarian include:

    Solo librarian of the Walter T. McCarthy Law Library  for 22 years

    Assistant Commonwealth Attorney for 5 years under Helen Fahey

    Masters in Library and Information Science  J.D.

    Member of the Virginia Association of Law Libraries – served as Treasurer and President

    Member of the American Association of Law Libraries – serve on the Board of the Government Librarians Section

    Member of the Self Represented Litigants’ Committee of the Virginia Commission on Access to Justice

    Patty also organized the annual Golf Tournament for the Walter T. McCarthy Law Library. 

  • 12 Jan 2023 4:48 PM | Anonymous

    The Bar Association previously announced the passing of Harvey Cohen, the details of his funeral are as follows:

    A Celebration of Life for Harvey B Cohen will be hosted at Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, Virginia.  We are looking forward to sharing stories of Harvey’s long journey and many, many accomplishments.  The event will be hosted by Harvey’s wife, Marina Cohen and his four children Teresa, Mark, Douglas and Annastelle. 


    Date:                January 27

    Place:               Army Navy CC

    Arrive:               1:30- 1:45 pm seated

    Memorial:          2:00 pm

    Reception:        3:00 pm

  • 11 Jan 2023 3:25 PM | Anonymous

    **This Notice Supersedes the Prior Notice Sent out by the Bar**

    The Arlington Bar Board of Directors has voted to refer the vacancy created by Judge Lopez's appointment to the Circuit Court to the Judicial Selection Committee. The Board of Directors announces a Nominating Meeting to be held on January 31 at 4pm, in-person and online via Zoom.

    Attorneys interested in seeking appointment as a judge for the General District Court must submit an electronic copy of their completed application (available by clicking here) to ArlingtonCountyBar@Gmail.com by January 17, 2023 at 5pm. Late applications will not be considered. Interviews will be conducted starting the week of the January 17th. 

    Applications must be submitted electronically, and voting by the Membership will also be conducted online, via an emailed ballot, over two business days: January 31 and Feb 1. Only Active Dues-Paid Members will be allowed to participate and vote in the judicial selection process.  If you are uncertain about your dues status, please contact ArlingtonCountyBar@gmail.com immediately with "Dues Inquiry" in your subject line. Only Arlington County Bar Association members that have paid their dues by January 17, 2023 will be eligible to participate in the voting process for this vacancy. 

    Pursuant to the by-laws of the Association, interested applicants must be Nominated by a Member at the Nominating Meeting. Such nominations need not be seconded and will be a graceful 5 minutes. 

  • 28 Dec 2022 7:02 PM | Anonymous

    The results of the Member voting on the candidates for the contemplated Circuit Court Vacancy are as follows:

    1. Adam Michael Krischer, Esq:

    Highly Recommended: 22

    Recommended: 15

    Not Recommended: 7

    Ability Not Known 1

    2. Hasina Asha Lewis, Esq.

    Highly Recommended: 11

    Recommended: 5

    Not Recommended: 9

    Ability Not Known: 20

    3. Hon. Daniel Tomas Crowe Lopez

    Highly Recommended: 27

    Recommended: 16

    Ability Not Known: 2

    Not Recommended: 0

    4. Devanshi Patel, Esq.

    Highly Recommended: 8

    Recommended: 10

    Ability Not Known: 8

    Not Recommended: 19

  • 22 Dec 2022 2:41 PM | Anonymous

    The Personal Statement of each of the candidates is available below by clicking on each name:

    1. Adam Michael Krischer, Esq.

    2. Hasina Asha Lewis, Esq.

    3. Hon. Daniel Tomas Crowe Lopez

    4. Devanshi Patel, Esq.

  • 21 Dec 2022 7:24 PM | Anonymous

    The Judicial Nominating Meeting

    As previously announced the Nominating Meeting will be tomorrow, December 22 at 4pm. 

    Please Note that in light of the Courthouse closing early, the location of the in-person meeting has moved to the Arlington County Board Meeting Room, Bozman Government Center, 2100 Clarendon Blvd. Ste. #307, 22201.

    The Meeting will also be available online, via Zoom. If you did not receive the meeting password in the Bar Association email, please contact the Bar directly.

    Judicial Selection Committee Reports

    The Judicial Selection Committee has issued their reports for the contemplated Circuit Court Vacancy for the Candidates listed below. 

    1. Adam Michael Krischer, Esq.

    2. Hasina Asha Lewis, Esq.

    3. Hon. Daniel Tomas Crowe Lopez

    4. Devanshi Patel, Esq.

  • 8 Dec 2022 4:13 PM | Anonymous


    The Virginia Women Attorneys Association, Northern Virginia Chapter’s Judicial Screening Committee will conduct interviews of applicants for the anticipated vacancies on the:


    Interviews of applicants for anticipated vacancies will be conducted virtually on December 20, 2022.

    Applications (Click here) must be returned to Pia J. Miller via email by 5:00 p.m. on December 12, 2022. The application is part of this announcement and can also be requested from Pia J. Miller (pia.miller@fairfaxcounty.gov).


    VWAA members who practice in the Arlington Circuit Court are needed to sit on the Committee. To apply for a seat on the Committee, please contact Pia J. Miller at the above email address.

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