Hearing for Elizabeth K. Dillon (’86) nomination to become a federal judge to be Livestreamed on Thursday, Nov. 13

Federal lawmakers will hold a hearing to review President Barack Obama’s nomination of Salem, Va., attorney Elizabeth Dillon (’86) to the U.S. District Court bench. The U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary hearing for her to fill the vacant judgeship in Roanoke is schedule for 11 a.m.  Thursday, Nov. 13, in Room 226 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building and will be Livestreamed  on the Judiciary website. Obama nominated Dillon in September for the seat vacated by Samuel Wilson, who retired earlier this year. An attorney for 28 years, Dillon is a former Roanoke assistant city attorney and her private practice is made up of trials, appellate work and other state and federal litigation, according to her website.


Following is a story from the Roanoke Times published in September 2014 following Dillon’s nomination:

President Barack Obama has nominated Salem attorney Elizabeth Dillon to become a federal judge.

Dillon, one of two candidates considered by the president to fill a vacancy created by the recent retirement of Roanoke-based Judge Samuel Wilson, still must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

If confirmed, Dillon will become the first woman to serve as a federal judge in the Western District of Virginia, which stretches from Lynchburg to Lee County and extends north to Winchester.

“Ms. Dillon’s career reflects a commitment to public service, a keen legal mind, and the temperament to address and resolve contentious issues,” U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, both Democrats from Virginia, said in a joint statement.

In June, the two senators recommended both Dillon and Martinsville attorney Ward Armstrong, a former member of Virginia’s General Assembly.

In selecting Dillon, along with six other nominees to the federal bench in other states, the White House released a statement calling them “distinguished public servants and valuable additions to the United States District Court.

Dillon, a former assistant city attorney for Roanoke, has practiced in both state and federal courts and before regulatory agencies. She often defends local governments, constitutional officers and other public entities.