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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release August 16, 1994

President Clinton today nominated four individuals to serve on the United States District Court: Elaine P. Bucklo, David H. Coar and Robert W. Gettleman for the Northern District of Illinois; and Paul E. Riley for the Southern District of Illinois.

"These nominees will bring legal talent and dedication to the federal bench," the President said. "I know they will serve our country with distinction."

Elaine P. Bucklo, 49, has served as a Magistrate Judge for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois since 1985. Previously, she practiced law in Chicago, where she had a civil litigation practice. She also has been a visiting professor at the University of California at Davis Law School and a Head Start teacher in the Chicago elementary schools. She earned a B.A. degree from St. Louis University and a J.D. degree from Northwestern University School of Law. Judge Bucklo and her husband [Redacted for personal privacy, 5 U.S.C. 552(b)(6)] live in Chicago.

David H. Coar, 50, has served as a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern District of Illinois since 1986. From 1974 to 1986, he was a professor at DePaul University Law School and served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. He earned a B.A. degree from Syracuse University, a J.D. degree from Loyola Law School, and an LL.M. degree from Harvard Law School. Judge Coar has two children and lives in Chicago.

Robert W. Gettleman, 51, is a partner with the Chicago law firm of D'Ancona & Pflaum, where he has practiced since 1970. From 1968 to 1970, he served as a law clerk to Chief Judges Luther M. Swygert and Latham Castle of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He serves on the Illinois Attorney General's Disability Rights Council and is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He received a B.A. degree from Boston University and a J.D. degree from Northwestern University School of Law. Mr. Gettleman and his wife, Joyce Gettleman, have two children and live in Evanston.

Paul E. Riley, 52, has been Chief Judge of the Third Judicial Circuit of Illinois since 1991, and has served on the state bench since 1985. From 1971 to 1985, he was a partner in the Edwardsville law firm of Mudge, Riley, Lucco & Brown. He also served as part- time Assistant and Chief Public Defender for Madison County. He received a B.S. degree and a J.D. degree from St. Louis University. Judge Riley and his wife, Mary Jean Riley, live in Edwardsville.

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