Senator Warner has written to The Virginia Bar Association (and presumably other bar groups) that Judge Payne and Judge Ellis have written to President Bush expressing their intention to take senior status in April and May of this year, and so the Senator wanted "to advise you of these upcoming vacancies and to offer your
organization the opportunity to make suggestions of candidates for these important
positions" in Richmond and Alexandria.
The VBA has committees for the very purpose of thinking about candidates for the federal judiciary. The thing to do if you are such a candidate is to forward (hopefully by electronic means) such material about yourself as you would like for the VBA committe to consider to the Executive Director, Guy Tower, whose e-mail address is guytower(at)vba.org.