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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release September 19, 1994


The President today nominated Sandra L. Lynch to serve on the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

"Sandra Lynch has an extraordinary record of dedication, excellence, and achievement in the legal profession and in public service," the President said today.

Lynch is a litigation partner in the Boston law firm of Foley, Hoag & Eliot, where she has served as head of the litigation department and pro bono coordinator. A graduate of Wellesley College and Boston University Law School, Lynch began her legal career as a law clerk to Chief Judge Raymond J. Pettine of the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island from 1971 to 1973. She then served as Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. From 1974 to 1978, Lynch was General Counsel of the Massachusetts Department of Education.

Lynch has long been active in the Boston legal community. As an officer and then President of the Boston Bar Association, she worked to enact major court reform legislation to improve the management, accountability, and efficiency of the state court system and to create a statewide juvenile court. In addition, as President of the Association, she initiated a summer jobs program for Boston school children. Lynch is also a member of the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association, member of the Advisory Committee on Rules of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and co-chair of the Leading Industries Committee of the Boston Chamber of Commerce.

Lynch lives with her son Stephen in Brookline, Massachusetts. Upon confirmation, she will would fill the seat vacated by Judge Stephen G. Breyer's elevation to the Supreme Court of the United States, and would be the first woman to serve on the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

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