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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release October 22, 1993


President Clinton announced his intention today to nominate four individuals for positions as United States Attorneys. They are:

          Alan D. Bersin, Southern District of California
          James Burton Burns, Northern District of Illinois
          W. Charles Grace, Southern District of Illinois
          Joseph L. Famularo, Eastern District of Kentucky

     Alan D. Bersin is a senior partner in the Los Angeles firm 

of Munger, Tolles & Olson, where he has worked since 1975. He specializes in complex commercial, securities and insurance litigation before both trial and appellate courts. Bersin has also taught courses as an adjunct professor of law at the University of Southern California and as a visiting professor of law at the University of San Diego. In 1974-75, and again in 1979, he was employed as special counsel by the Los Angeles Police Commission. Bersin, 47, is a graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School. He and his wife, Lisa Foster, have two daughters.

James Burton Burns is a partner in the Chicago law firm of of Keck, Mahin & Cate. He previously served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District, working both as a criminal trial attorney and in the Appelate Division. Burns has also been an instructor and lecturer on trial advocacy at Northwestern University, John Marshall Law School, and Loyola University, as well as for various professional groups. He is active in a wide range of community activities. A 48 year old Illinois native, Burns earned both his bachelors and legal degrees at Northwestern University. He lives in Evanston, IL with his wife, Martha S. Burns.

W. Charles Grace is the Jackson County, Illinois' State's Attorney, an elected position that he has held since 1988. Prior to his election, he was a member of the Carbondale law firm of Feirich, Schoen, Mager, Green and Associates. He had previously been associated with several other Southern Illinois firms, and was Jackson County Public Defender in the mid-1970s. He began his career as an Assistant State's Attorney for Jackson County. Grace, who lives in Carbondale with his wife Barbara and their two children, holds a B.A. from Duke University and a J.D. from the University of Tennessee. He is 46 years old.

Joseph L. Famularo has served for the past three and a half years as the Fayette County, Kentucky Commissioner of Public Safety, responsible for supervising the local police and fire departments, as well as building inspection, environmental and emergency management, and other functions. He previously worked as a trial attorney with a Lexington firm, as well as serving during the 1980s as First Assistant Fayette County Attorney and Chief Deputy Attorney General of Kentucky. In 1981-82, he was Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District. A Kentucky native, Famularo is 50 years old. He and his wife Donna, have a son and a daughter.