THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES RICHARD T. WHITE AS A COMMISSIONER OF THE
FOREIGN CLAIMS SETTLEMENT COMMISSION
President Clinton announced today his intention to nominate Richard T. White as a member of the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission.
Mr. White is the Chair of the Corporate Department and founding shareholder of Lewis, White & Clay, located in Detroit, Michigan. Mr. White has managed a transactional/litigation practice, and has served both as an arbitrator and as counsel at the American Arbitration Association (AAA). Previously, Mr. White served as President of the Board of Directors for Lewis, White & Clay from 1992 to 1994. Other prior experience includes work as an associate at Patmon, Young, & Kirk from 1970 to 1972 and at Dykema Gossett in 1970. Mr. White was also employed as a Summer law clerk at Foley, Hoag & Eliot during the Summer of 1960 and as a tutor at the Council on Legal Education Opportunity at Harvard Law School during the Summer of 1968. He received his B.A. from Morehouse College in 1967 and his J.D. from Harvard University Law School in 1970.
The Foreign Claims Settlement Commission of the United States is a quasi-judicial independent agency within the Department of Justice which adjudicates property and personal injury claims of U.S. citizens against foreign governments. This occurs after the foreign government in question has reached a settlement agreement with the Government of the United States. A secondary role of the Commission is to offer technical assistance to both U.S. officials addressing foreign claims issues and also to foreign governments seeking to establish similar adjudicating bodies of their own.