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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release July 29, 1993


The President nominated eight individuals to be U.S. Attorneys today:

     Eric H. Holder, Jr., for the District of Columbia
     Michael Joseph Yamaguchi for the Northern District of
     Randall K. Rathbun for the District of Kansas
     Thomas Justin Monaghan for the District of Nebraska
     Stephen Charles Lewis for the Northern District of Oklahoma
     Vicki Miles-LaGrange for the Western District of Oklahoma
     John W. Raley, Jr. for the Eastern District of Oklahoma
     Frederick W. Theiman for the Western District of

     Eric H. Holder, Jr. has been an Associate Judge on the 

District of Columbia Superior Court since 1988. Prior to his appointment to that position, he served for 12 years as a trial attorney in the Criminal Division of the Justice Department. His responsibilities at the Justice Department included the investigation and trial of complex political corruption cases, the preparation of federal Courts of Appeals briefs and appellate advocacy, and supervision of other government corruption investigations. Holder holds his B.A. and J.D. degrees from Columbia University.

Michael Joseph Yamaguchi has been an Assistant U.S. Attorney for Northern California since 1980, serving for four years in the Civil and Tax Division and more recently in the Criminal Division. He has also worked during that time as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco, and has been active in the American Bar Association. A Captain in the U.S. Army Reserves, Yamaguchi has also worked as a Visiting Professor of Law at McGeorge Law School in Sacramento, and was formerly an accountant with the firm of Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. He earned his B.A. from UCLA, J.D. from the University of San Francisco, and LL.M. from New York University.

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Randall Rathbun is a partner in Depew, Gillen & Rabun, a Wichita firm specializing in environmental litigation. Before joining that firm in 1980, he was with the criminal and civil litigation firm of Curfman, Brainerd, Harris, Bell, Weigand & Depew. He was previously on the Board of Editors of the Kansas Trial Lawyers Association Journal, and has spoken widely on topics relating to environmental law. Rathbun is a graduate of Kansas State University and Washburn University School of Law.

Thomas J. Monaghan, is a partner in Monaghan, Tiedman & Lynch, an Omaha firm with which he has been associated since 1978. He was formerly with the firm of Young & White. Monoghan also served form 1985-91 on the adjunct faculty of the College of St. Mary, and has spoken at numerous Nebraska Bar Association and Nebraska Association of Trial Attorneys seminars. He is a graduate of Creighton University and the University of Nebraska College of Law.

Stephen Charles Lewis, the former 23rd Judicial District Attorney, has been a partner in the Shawnee law firm of Lewis and Thompson since 1985. He was previously with the firms of Lewis and Basham and Abernathy and Ingram. During his tenure as District Attorney from 1974-79, he was credited with maintaining aggressive criminal prosecution in all phases of law enforcement, and with creating one of the first juvenile divisions outside of the metro counties. He had previously been an Assistant District Attorney. Lewis, 50, is a veteran of the U.S. Navy, and a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University and the University of Oklahoma Law School.

Vicki Miles-LaGrange is a member of the Oklahoma State Senate, where she is Chairman of the Judiciary Committee. She is also a partner in the law firm of Miles-LaGrange & Robinson. In 1992, she was a delegate to the Global Summit of Women in Dublin, Ireland. Miles-LaGrange previously served in the Oklahoma County District Attorney's office, and in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. She holds a B.A. from Vassar College and a J.D. from the Howard University School of Law. She also studied at the University of Ghana and the National College of District Attorneys.

Frederick W. Thieman is an attorney with the Pittsburgh firm of Hilner, Thieman & Fraas, where he has been since 1983. He had previously been Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, and Chief of that office's White Collar Crime Unit. From 1977-78, he was a clerk for Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Thomas W. Pomery, Jr. He is active in the Academy of Trial Lawyers, and speaks regularly on white collar crime. He holds a B.A. from Pennsylvania State University and a J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh Law School.

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