Office of the Circuit Executive

The Office of the Circuit Executive provides support to the Circuit Judicial Council, the Circuit Judicial Conference, and the courts of the Fourth Circuit. The Circuit Executive serves as media contact with regard to judges and the operations of the circuit.

Circuit Executive:
Samuel W. Phillips
Lewis F. Powell, Jr. United States Courthouse Annex
1100 East Main Street, Suite 617
Richmond, Virginia 23219-3517
(804) 916-2184

Office of the Clerk of Court

The Office of the Clerk has responsibility for the court's caseload, attorney admissions and appointments, local rules and procedures, oral argument, opinions, and general case management. Information officers answer most incoming calls, referring questions to the case manager, calendar clerk, CJA deputy, chief deputy, clerk, or counsel as needed.  The clerk is the media contact for cases and court operations. In addition, the office maintains an ECF help desk.

Patricia S. Connor
Lewis F. Powell, Jr. United States Courthouse Annex
1100 East Main Street, Suite 501
Richmond, Virginia 23219-3517
(804) 916-2700

Office of Staff Counsel

Staff Attorneys in the Office of Staff Counsel work under the direction of the court as a whole, doing legal research and preparing memoranda for the panel in cases decided without oral argument. The Senior Staff Attorney also manages the court's Discretionary Panel, which is used when the court determines that counsel should be appointed to present briefing and oral argument in a pro se case.

Senior Staff Counsel:
Robert W. Jaspen
600 East Main Street, Suite 2200
Richmond, Virginia 23219-2441
(804) 916-2900


The Fourth Circuit Library is the central research facility for the federal judiciary within the circuit.

Acting Circuit Librarian:
Elaine Woodward
Lewis F. Powell, Jr. United States Courthouse 
1000 East Main Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219-3517
(804) 916-2322

Office of the Circuit Mediator

The Fourth Circuit Mediation Program provides a mediation setting where attorneys can confidentially discuss their pending case on appeal with a trained neutral Circuit Mediator. The Circuit Mediator, usually by conference telephone call, discusses the case with the parties' counsel, asks questions about their respective positions and interests and explores the possibilities of settlement.

Chief Circuit Mediator:
Thomas F. Ball III
17 Brassie Terrace
Palmyra, VA 22963
(434) 589-1480