President Bush has nominated E. Duncan Getchell, Jr.
, of Virginia, to replace H. Emory Widener, Jr. on the Fourth Circuit. Judge Widener retired recently. Getchell
is a partner with McGuire Woods in Richmond and chair of the firm's
appellate practice group (his firm bio is here
). He's a Duke Law graduate (class of 1974). He's a member of the American Law Institute and the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers (and, as opponents surely will point out, he's a member of the Federalist Society).
Senator Webb (D, Va.) has already issued a press release
condemning this nomination.