Published on: Thursday, October 28, 2021

The Eastern District of Virginia has two new U.S. District Court judges, one a former federal public defender and the other a former federal prosecutor (article available here).

Patricia Tolliver Giles, a prosecutor with the U.S. attorney’s office and U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael S. Nachmanoff, a federal public defender in the Eastern District from 2002 to 2015, have been confirmed by the U.S. Senate — Giles on Tuesday and Nachmanoff on Wednesday.

Nachmanoff, a graduate of the University of Virginia Law School, has been a magistrate judge in the district since 2015 and was the district’s chief public defender from 2007 to 2015, supervising 60 attorneys and staff who represented 2,500 clients per year.

The Eastern District of Virginia has four divisions — Alexandria, Newport News, Norfolk and Richmond — where courthouses are located.