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THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary


For Immediate Release March 31, 1994
               PRESIDENT CLINTON NOMINATES JEREMY TRAVIS  
           THE DIRECTOR OF THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF JUSTICE

     The President today announced his intent to 

nominate Jeremy Travis as the Director of the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) at the Department of Justice.

The NIJ is the principal research and development agency in the Department of Justice. It supports research and development programs and special projects that will improve the criminal justice system; conducts national demonstration projects that employ innovative approaches to improving criminal justice; develops new technologies to fight crime and new methods of crime prevention; evaluates the effectiveness of criminal justice programs and identifies programs that promise to be successful if continued or repeated.

Jeremy Travis presently serves as Deputy Commissioner of Legal Matters for the New York City Police Department (NYPD) and as an Adjunct Associate Professor at New York Law School. Prior to taking the position as Deputy Commissioner, he was the Chair of the Chancellor's Advisory Panel on School Safety.

From 1986-1989, Mr. Travis served as Special Advisor to Mayor Koch on criminal justice issues. Previously, he served as Special Counsel to the First Deputy Mayor and as Assistant Director for Law Enforcement Services. He also served as the Special Counsel to the New York City Police Commissioner, where he developed the Police Cadet Corps, a recruitment program that served as one of the models for the Clinton Administration's National Service Initiative.

The recipient of many academic appointments and fellowships, Mr. Travis served as a law clerk for the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. He received his J.D., cum laude, from New York University Law School in 1982 and holds an M.P.A. from New York University's Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. He received his undergraduate degree, cum laude, from Yale University in 1970.

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