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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release March 4, 1993


(Washington, DC) The President has nominated Russell F. Canan to be an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. In doing so, the President discharged his responsibility under local law to select a nominee from a list of candidates originally submitted last year by the District of Columbia Judicial Nominating Commission.

"I was impressed with all of the candidates," said the President, "but Russ Canan stood out because of his broad support within the District of Columbia legal community -- including Mayor Kelley's personal recommendation -- and because of the impressive track record he has accumulated in 16 years of law practice in Washington. Above all, we heard nothing but the highest praise for Mr. Canan's professional skills and talents from those who know his work the best: the many judges on the Superior Court before whom he has practiced."

Mr. Canan is a partner in the firm of Canan, Keirsh & Lobo, specializing in criminal law. He was previously a partner in the firms of Milliken, Van Susteren & Canan; and Canan, Burns & O'Toole. Mr. Canan has also served as an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center, and the Washington College of Law at American University. In 1983, he worked as a Staff Attorney for the Southern Prisoner's Defense Committee.

He received his J.D. from Antioch School of Law in 1976, and his B.A. from Syracuse University in 1972. He worked as law clerk to the Hon. John D. Fauntleroy in 1975-76, and for the legal assistance branch of D.C. Superior Court after graduation from law school in 1976.

Mr. Canan's law practice has also included many complex civil litigation matters, and extensive pro bono representations in both civil and criminal cases.