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[Here are a number of announcements re nominations of Federal Judges by the administration. We'll be adding to this file as we get more. - Staff]
THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary December 19, 1995
The President today nominated two individuals to serve on the United States District Court: Mary Ann Vial Lemmon for the Eastern District of Louisiana and Michael D. Schattman for the Northern District of Texas.
Mary Ann Vial Lemmon, 54, has been a judge on the Twenty-Ninth Judicial District Court of Louisiana since 1982. Prior to taking the bench, she was an attorney with the Hahnville law firm of Vial, Vial & Lemmon. Lemmon earned her LL.M. degree from Tulane University School of Law and her J.D. and B.A. degrees from Loyola University. She and her husband, Harry T. Lemmon, have six children and reside in Luling.
Michael D. Schattman, 49, is a judge on the 348th Judicial District
Court of Tarrant County, where he has served since 1983. Previously, he
was a judge on the County Court, a partner in the Fort Worth firm of
Schattman & Guthrie, and a law clerk to U.S. District Court Judge
Woodrow B. Seals. He earned his J.D. degree from the University of
Texas School of Law and his B.A. degree from Georgetown University.
Schattman and his wife, Mary Ellen, have three children and reside in
December 22, 1995
PRESIDENT NOMINATES EDMUND A. SARGUS, JR. TO UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
The President today nominated Edmund A. Sargus, Jr. to serve on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.
Sargus, 42, is the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio,
where he has served since 1993. Previously, he was a partner with the
law firm of Burech & Sargus and an associate with the law firm of
Cinque, Banker, Linch, Gromen & White. Sargus earned his J.D. degree
from Case Western Reserve University School of Law and his B.A. degree
from Brown University. He and his wife, Jennifer Smart, have two
children and reside in St. Clairsville.
December 22, 1995
PRESIDENT NOMINATES JAMES BEATY, JR. AND J. RICH LEONARD TO U.S. COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT
The President today nominated James A. Beaty, Jr. and J. Rich Leonard to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
James A. Beaty, Jr., 46, is currently serving as a judge on the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina. Before assuming his present position, Beaty spent thirteen years as a judge on the North Carolina Superior Court. Prior to taking the bench, Beaty practiced law in Winston-Salem where he maintained a general civil and criminal litigation practice.
Beaty has remained active in community service throughout his legal career. Over the years he has worked with many civic groups including Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the Salvation Army Girls Club Advisory Committee, and Inner City Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He also has worked as an assistant coach for the local Pop Warner football league. In recognition of both his professional and civic contributions, Beaty received the Western Carolina University Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1994.
Beaty received his B.A. degree from Western Carolina University, which he attended on an athletic scholarship. After graduating from college, Beaty went on to earn his J.D. degree from the University of North Carolina.
Beaty and his wife, Toy Beaty, have one child and reside in Winston- Salem. Upon confirmation, Beaty would become one of fifteen judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, which hears cases from Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.
J. Rich Leonard, 46, is currently a judge on the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, a position he has held since 1992. Leonard has devoted much of his career to service in the federal court system. Upon graduation from law school, he served as a law clerk for Judge Franklin T. Dupree, Jr. on the Eastern District of North Carolina for two years and then, after a period in private practice, was named Clerk of the Court for the Eastern District at the age of 29. Two years later, Leonard was appointed to a position as a United States Magistrate Judge, becoming one of only four individuals in the country to serve in this capacity while retaining the position as Clerk of the Court. He held both positions until his appointment to the bankruptcy court in 1992.
During his tenure as Clerk of the Court, Leonard was a nationally recognized expert on issues involving judicial administration, and he has written and lectured widely on the subject. In addition, Leonard has served as an adjunct professor of law at North Carolina Central University and the University of North Carolina.
A native of North Carolina, Leonard received both his undergraduate degree and a Masters in Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead Scholar. He then earned his J.D. degree from Yale Law School.
Leonard resides in Raleigh and has two children, both of whom are
currently attending college. Upon confirmation, Leonard would become
one of fifteen judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth
Circuit, which hears cases from Maryland, North Carolina, South
Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.
January 25, 1996
PRESIDENT NOMINATES RICHARD A. PAEZ TO APPEALS COURT
President Clinton today nominated Richard A. Paez to serve as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Paez, 48, is currently a judge on the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. Previously, he served for over a decade as a judge on the Los Angeles Municipal Court, winning reelection on two separate occasions. During his tenure on the Municipal Court, Paez was selected by his fellow judges to serve as the Presiding Judge. He has also sat, by designation, on the Superior Court and the California Court of Appeal. In addition, Paez was extremely active on a number of judicial committees, often serving at the request of the Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court.
Before taking the bench, Paez was an attorney for the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, serving initially as Senior Counsel and later as Acting Executive Director and Director of Litigation. He also spent several years early in his career as a staff attorney with the Western Center on Law and Poverty in the San Joaquin Valley and with California Rural Legal Assistance.
Paez, who was born and raised in Utah, earned his B.A. from Brigham Young University and his J.D. from Boalt Hall (University of California).
Paez and his wife, Dianne Marie Erickson, have two children and reside
in Los Angeles. Upon confirmation, Paez would become one of 28 judges
on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which hears cases
from Alaska, Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada,
the Northern Mariana Islands, Oregon, and Washington.
January 29, 1996
PRESIDENT NOMINATES THREE TO UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
President Clinton has nominated three individuals to serve on the U.S. District Court: W. Craig Broadwater for the Northern District of West Virginia, Dean D. Pregerson for the Central District of California, and Annabelle Rodriguez for the District of Puerto Rico.
W. Craig Broadwater, 45, is the chief judge of the First Judicial Circuit of West Virginia, where he has served for a total of ten years. He has also served as Co-Chair of the Family Law Masters Rules of Practice and Procedure Committee and as Chair of the Committee to Develop Child Abuse and Neglect Rules, both with the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. Prior to taking the bench, Broadwater was a Special Prosecuting Attorney for Ohio County, as well as Hearing Examiner and Counsel for the West Virginia Workers Compensation Fund. Broadwater earned his J.D. and B.A. degrees from West Virginia University. He and his wife, Chong Hui Broadwater, have three children and reside in Wheeling.
Dean D. Pregerson, 44, has been practicing law in California since 1976 and is currently a partner with the Los Angeles law firm of Pregerson, Richman & Luna. Early in his career, Pregerson served as a parole hearing examiner for the State of California and then as an Assistant Public Defender in Guam. He earned his J.D. degree from the University of California at Davis - King Hall School of Law and his B.A. degree from the University of California at Los Angeles. Pregerson and his wife, Sharon, have two children and reside in Pacific Palisades.
Annabelle Rodriguez, 45, is a partner with the Hato Rey law firm of Martinez, Odell & Calabria, where she has practiced since 1993. Prior to this, she made the progression from serving as an Assistant Solicitor General at the Puerto Rico Department of Justice to serving as the Solicitor General. She earned her B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of Puerto Rico. Rodriguez has two children and resides with her husband, Francisco de Jesus-Schuck, in Guaynabo.
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