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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release June 20, 1994

     The President today nominated David S. Tatel to serve on the

United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

"David Tatel has an extraordinary record of dedication and achievement in the legal profession," the President said today. "He has set an example for lawyers both in the private sector and in public service with his lifelong commitment to protecting and preserving the rights of all Americans."

David Stephen Tatel, one of the nation's leading education and civil rights lawyers, is currently a partner in the Washington law firm of Hogan & Hartson, where he manages the firm's Education Group. As head of this group, he provides legal counsel to school districts, colleges, universities, and education associations throughout the country.

Prior to establishing his education law practice at Hogan & Hartson, Mr. Tatel served as Director of the Office for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare from 1977 to 1979. In that position, he spearheaded the Carter Administration's efforts to revitalize the agency and its enforcement of the federal civil rights laws.

Mr. Tatel joined the Carter Administration already experienced in the civil rights field. As a young lawyer at Sidley & Austin in Chicago, he began his legal career in 1967 arguing civil rights cases. In 1969, he became the first director of the Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, where he developed a comprehensive civil rights agenda for the private bar. He assumed the directorship of the National Lawyers Committee in 1972, leading the national organization in an ambitious program to advance the rights of minorities and the poor through litigation involving housing, voting rights, education and employment. Tatel joined Hogan & Hartson in 1974, where he continued his civil rights litigation practice in the Community Services Department, the firm's pro bono program. In 1975, he helped establish the Legal Services Corporation.

Mr. Tatel, who grew up in Maryland and resides in Chevy Chase, graduated from the University of Michigan and the University of Chicago Law School. He has received many accolades for his work, including awards from the National Legal Aid and Defenders Association, the National Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and the National Association of College and University Attorneys. He and his wife, Edith Sara Tatel, have four children, Rebecca, Stephanie, Joshua and Emily.

If confirmed, David S. Tatel would fill the seat vacated upon Ruth Bader Ginsburg's elevation to the Supreme Court of the United States.