THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT NAMES THREE TO FEDERAL BENCH
The President today announced the nominations of three individuals to serve on the federal district bench: Mark W. Bennett for the Northern District of Iowa; Salvador E. Casellas for the District of Puerto Rico; and Daniel R. Dominguez for the District of Puerto Rico.
"These three nominees have impressive records of achievement in both the law and public service," the President said. "I am confident that they will serve with excellence and distinction."
Mark W. Bennett, 44, has been a U.S. Magistrate for the Southern District of Iowa since 1991. He has 16 years experience in private practice as a partner in the firm of Babich, Bennett & Nickerson, where he specialized in civil rights law. Bennett served as general counsel to the Iowa Civil Liberties Union and as special prosecutor for the Committee on Professional Ethics and Conduct of the Iowa State Bar Association. He graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College and Drake University Law School. He and his wife, Joanne F. Johnson, have one child and live in Des Moines.
Salvador E. Casellas, 59, is in private practice as a partner in the San Juan firm of Fiddler, Gonzalez & Rodriguez. Previously, he served as Secretary of the Treasury for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and served for two years with the United States Army. Mr. Casellas earned his B.S.F.S. degree from Georgetown University, his LL.B. degree from the University of Puerto Rico, and his LL.M. degree from Harvard Law School. He and his wife, Carmen Ana Toro, have two children and live in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico.
Daniel R. Dominguez, 48, is in private practice as a partner in the San
Juan firm of Dominguez & Totti. Dominguez's professional activities
include service as the president and director of the Association of
Relations Practitioners. Dominguez graduated in 1967 from Boston University and in 1970 from the University of Puerto Rico Law School. He and his wife Carmen Irizarry de Dominguez, have three children and live in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico.
-30 - 30 - 30-