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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release September 8, 1993


The President announced today that he has nominated ten individuals to be United States Attorneys. They are:

     Henry Lawrence Solano, District of Colorado
     Kathryn E. Landreth, District of Nevada
     Helen Frances Fahey, Eastern District of Virginia
     David M. Barasch, Middle District of Pennsylvania
     Edmund A. Sargus, Jr., Southern District of Ohio
     Betty Hansen Richardson, District of Idaho
     Jay P. McCloskey, District of Maine
     Claude Harris, Northern District of Alabama
     Veronica F. Coleman, Western District of Tennessee
     Edward L. Dowd, Jr., Eastern District of Missouri

     The nominations were submitted to the Senate yesterday for 


Henry L. Solano, 42, is currently a lecturer at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. He served the state of Colorado as Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Institutions from 1987-91 and of the Department of Corrections from 1989-91. He also served the state as Executive Director of the Department of Regulatory Agencies in 1987, and as Assistant Attorney General from 1977-82. From 1982-87, he was Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Colorado. Before entering state government, he was a fellow of the Colorado Rural Legal Services program. Solano holds a B.S. from the University of Denver and a J.D. from the University of Colorado. Among his extensive civic and professional activities he has served as a Director of the Mexican-American Legal Defense Foundation, Chairman of the Colorado Cabinet Council on Families and Children, and Director of the Regional Transportation District.


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Kathryn E. Landreth has been in private legal practice since 1992, concentrating her efforts in serving as a pro bono consultant to the Washoe Legal Services/Fund for Urban Northern Nevada, contributing legal and administrative support to the Volunteer Lawyers of Washoe County, and acting as president of a private firm providing conflict resolutions services for family, business, and community disputes. She was previously a vice president and division counsel of Citicorp, and from 1985-87, was a visiting lecturer and consultant at the University of Lund in Sweden and an Assistant Professor of Law at the Nevada School of Law in Reno. While in law school, Landreth served as a professional intern with the Senate Subcommittee on Aviation, and after graduation served as a clerk to Nevada Supreme Court Justice Charles Springer. She holds a B.A. from Macalester College, an M.A. from American University, and a J.D. from the California College of Law.

Helen Frances Fahey has been the Commonwealth's Attorney of Arlington County, Virginia since 1986, supervising a staff of 37 who prosecute all criminal cases in the county. She had previously served for three years as Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney and seven years as Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney. Since 1983, she has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy at the George Mason University School of Law. While attending college and law school at night and raising her two children, she worked as a clerk-typist and program analyst for the Defense Supply Agency. Fahey holds a J.D. from Catholic University Law School. She is 52 years old.

David M. Barasch is the senior environmental, natural resource, and public utility policy advisor to Pennsylvania Governor Robert Casey. Before taking that position in 1990, Barasch spent seven years as the Consumer Advocate for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He has also served the state as Deputy Attorney General and Chief Assistant Consumer Advocate. Barasch holds a B.A. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and a J.D. from Cornell University, and pursued graduate studies in political science at Harvard.

Edmund A. Sargus, Jr. is a partner in the law firm of Burech & Sargus, where he has been since 1983. He has been in legal practice since 1976. In addition, Sargus has served for much of that time as Special Counsel to the Ohio Attorney General for tax matters and representation of state agencies. He has also been involved with the state and national bar associations, and served on a variety of state boards and commissions. He received his B.A. from Brown University and J.D. from the Case Western Reserve School of Law.


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Betty Hansen Richardson was recently elected Chairman of the Idaho Industrial Commission, on which she has served since 1991. She previously worked as an attorney in a Boise firm, a lecturer in political science at Boise State University, and Attorney and Business Representative for the Idaho Service Employees Union. After graduating from law school in 1982, she served as a clerk for the Criminal Division of the San Francisco Superior Court, and later to Idaho Supreme Court Justice Robert C. Huntley, Jr. Richardson, who is active in a variety of community and political groups, is a graduate of the University of Idaho and Hastings College of the Law.

Jay P. McClosky has been Assistant U.S. Attorney for the district of Maine since 1980, serving as supervisor of the Bangor U.S. Attorney's office and managing a staff of five other attorneys. Before joining that office, McCloskey was an associate with the Bangor firm of Zendzian and Anderson, Counsel to the Select Commission on Reapportionment of the Maine House of Representatives, and Law Clerk to Maine Superior Court Judges MacInnes and Roberts. Before attending law school, he served as Director of a project to compile an oral history of labor in Maine and Director of Education for the New England Aeronautical Institute in Greece and Turkey. From 1971-73 he was a member of the Maine House of Representatives. He holds a B.A. and J.D. from the University of Maine.

Claude Harris served from 1987-93 in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he was a member of the committees on Agriculture, Energy and Commerce, and Veterans Affairs. From 1977-85, he was a Circuit Judge on the Sixth Judicial Circuit of Alabama, and has also been a partner in a private law firm and a prosecutor in the Tuscaloosa District Attorney's office. Harris has served in the Alabama Army National Guard since 1965, rising in rank from Private to Colonel. He earned his bachelors and law degrees from the University of Alabama.

Veronica P. Coleman is a Juvenile Court Referee in Memphis. Previously, she has served as Senior Attorney for the Federal Express Corporation, Legal Counsel and Assistant to the President of Memphis State University, Assistant District Attorney General, a private practitioner, and Assistant Public Defender for Shelby County and the City of Memphis. In addition, she has been extremely active in community affairs, and in the legal community. Coleman is a graduate of Howard University and the Memphis State University Law School.


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Edward L. Dowd, Jr. has been in private legal practice with the firm of Dowd & Dowd since 1984. Prior to that, he spent five years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri, in the criminal division. During that time, he also served as regional director of the President's Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force, and as Chief of the U.S. Attorney's Office's narcotics section. He holds a B.A. from St. Louis University and a J.D. from St. Mary's University in San Antonio, TX.

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