Sen. John Warner (R-Va.) received the names of four women lawyers as potential nominees for a federal judgeship when he met here today with a delegation of Charlottesville lawyers.
Susan Bender, one of five women lawyers who met with Warner at the federal courthouse here, said she offered the names of Elsie Munsell, Gail Starling Marshall, Ann Marie Whittemore and Phoebe Hall for consideration.
"Elsie is our top choice from Northern Virginia," said Bender. Munsell serves as a U.S. magistrate in Alexandria.
Warner has traveled throughout the state this week interviewing judges and other interested persons in hopes of finding three to five qualified lawyers for each of the three federal judgeships the Reagan administration plans to fill this year.
Warner said he was eager to find qualified women and blacks to include on a list to be presented to President Reagan by June 1.There are two vacancies in the Eastern District of Virginia and one in the Western District.
Whittemore and Hall practice in Richmond while Marshall is a partner in the Washington law firm of Hogan and Hartson.
Marshall, a 1968 graduate of the University of Virginia Law School, commutes to the District daily from her farm near Rapidan in central Virginia.
Hall, reached at her Richmond office today, said she was "flattered" by the mention of her name, "but it's not something I'd be interested in."
Whittemore, a 1970 graduate of Yale Law School, is a partner in the Richmond firm of McGuire, Woods and Battle. Warner met with her on Tuesday.
Last year the Senate failed to approve the nominations of two men put forward by President Carter -- James Jones of Abingdon and Richmond Circuit Court Judge James E. Sheffield.