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Six vie for 23rd Judicial Circuit vacancy

June 05, 2012

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Six attorneys are being interviewed by members of the Judicial Vacancy Advisory Commission to fill the vacancy created by the appointment of former 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Gina M. Groh to the federal bench, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s office said Tuesday.

Those being interviewed are Nicholas Forrest Colvin, Kimberley D. Crockett, Laura V. Faircloth, Michael D. Lorensen, Erin K. Reisenweber and Homer A. Speaker, according to Tomblin’s office. 

The commission is expected to recommend three finalists from the group for Tomblin’s consideration.

Groh’s eight-year term does not expire until 2016, but the person appointed by Tomblin will have to run for election in 2014 to complete the unexpired term, according to Secretary of State Natalie Tennant’s office.

Lorensen, a partner in the Bowles Rice McDavid Graff & Love law firm’s offices in Martinsburg, was defeated in 2008 for a seat on the state trial court circuit for the Eastern Panhandle by Judge John C. Yoder.

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Reisenweber and Crockett are assistant U.S. attorneys in Martinsburg, Speaker is public defender in the 23rd Judicial Circuit, and Colvin and Faircloth have their own private law practices.

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