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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release October 6, 1994


The President today nominated three individuals to serve on the U.S. District Court: Lacy H. Thornburg for the Western District of North Carolina; and David Folsom and Thad Heartfield for the Eastern District of Texas.

"These individuals have records of achievement in public service and the legal profession," the President said. "I am confident that they will continue to distinguish themselves as members of the federal judiciary."

Lacy H. Thornburg has been serving as a consultant to the Indian Gaming Commission. From 1967 to 1983 and from 1993 to 1994, he served as a Superior Court Judge for North Carolina. From 1985 to 1992, Thornburg was Attorney General for North Carolina. He has also served as a member of the North Carolina House of Representatives and was in private practice as a partner in the law firm of Hall, Thornburg & Holt. Thornburg received both his B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of North Carolina. He and his wife, Dorothy Thornburg, have four grown children and live in Webster, North Carolina.

David Folsom has been in private practice in Texarkana, Texas since 1974. He specializes in civil litigation. From 1978 to 1981, Folsom also served on a part-time basis as Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Lafayette County. Folsom received a B.A. degree from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and a J.D. degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law. He and his wife, Judy Folsom, live in Texarkana.

Thad Heartfield has been a sole practitioner in Beaumont, Texas since 1981. He specializes in commercial and general civil litigation. Previously, Heartfield was a partner with two Beaumont law firms. From 1969 to 1973, he was City Attorney for the City of Beaumont. Heartfield earned a B.A. degree from St. Mary's University in San Antonio and a J.D. degree from St. Mary's School of Law. He and his wife, Cornelia Heartfield, have two children and live in Beaumont.