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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release August 5, 1994


President Clinton today nominated two individuals to serve on the United States District Court: Robert N. Chatigny for the District of Connecticut and Judith D. McConnell for the Southern District of California.

"Each of these nominees has an exceptional record of legal achievement," the President said. "I know they will serve on the federal bench with distinction."

Robert N. Chatigny, 42, is a founding partner of the Hartford law firm of Chatigny & Cowdery. Previously, he practiced law with the Washington D.C. firm of Williams & Connolly. Chatigny also has served as a law clerk for three federal judges: Jon Newman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; Jose Cabranes of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut; and Samuel Conti of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. He received a B.A. degree from Brown University and a J.D. degree from Georgetown University Law Center. Chatigny and his wife, Stacey Savin, have one child and live in Bloomfield, Connecticut.

Judith D. McConnell, 50, has served for 13 years as a Judge on the San Diego Superior Court. Previously, she served as a Judge on the San Diego Municipal Court. McConnell has also been a partner with the San Diego law firm of Reed, McConnell, and Sullivan, an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of San Diego School of Law, and a trial attorney for California's Department of Transportation. She is a former President of the National Association of Women Judges. She received a B.A. and a J.D. degree from the University of California at Berkeley. McConnell and her husband, Randall Collins, have two children and live in San Diego.

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