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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release March 21, 1995

President Clinton today announced his intent to appoint the following five members to the National Selective Service Appeals Board.

Betsy Levin of the District of Columbia is currently the Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law. In 1994, Ms. Levin taught as Professor of Law at Georgetown University, specializing in Constitutional and Education law. Previously she was Executive Vice President of the Association of American Law Schools, Dean and Professor at the University of Colorado School of Law, Professor at Duke University School of Law, and visiting professor at a number of U.S. and foreign law schools. During the Carter Administration, she was General Counsel at the Department of Education. Earlier, she served as Special Assistant (White House Fellow) to the U.S. Representative to the United Nations Arthur Goldberg.

Ms. Levin received her A.B. degree from Bryn Mawr College in 1956, her LL.B. in Public Law from Yale Law School in 1966, and an honorary LL.D. from Capital University in 1992.

Leo M. Romero of Albuquerque, New Mexico is Dean and Professor of Law at the University of New Mexico School of Law and Chair of the Judicial Selection Commissions for the State of New Mexico. A former Prettyman Fellow at Georgetown University, he has taught at George Washington University and the University of Oregon. Mr. Romero currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Oberlin College, the Law School Admission Council, and The National Institute for Trial Advocacy. Mr. Romero has also served on the Executive Committee of the Association of American Law Schools, and as the Secretary of the Criminal Justice Section of the American Bar Association.

Mr. Romero received his A.B., from Oberlin College in 1965; his J.D. degree from Washington University in 1968; and his LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1972.

James Roosevelt, Jr. of Cambridge, Massachusetts is a partner with the Boston law firm of Choate, Hall & Stewart. He also serves as President of the Roosevelt Warm Springs Foundation. Grandson of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, he served as a lieutenant in the Judge Advocate General's Corps of the United States Navy from 1972-1975. Mr. Roosevelt currently serves as general counsel to the Massachusetts Democratic State Committee. Mr. Roosevelt is currently the Treasurer of the Massachusetts Hospital Association.

Mr. Roosevelt graduated cum laude with an A.B. from Harvard College in 1968, and received his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1971.

Jan Craig Scruggs of Columbia, Maryland served in the United States Army's 199th Light Infantry Brigade during the Vietnam War. A recipient of the Purple Heart, he is President and founder of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. Mr. Scruggs works as a motivational speaker for various business audiences including AT&T, IBM and the Million Dollar Roundtable. Mr. Scruggs has worked with Congress to create a Commemorative Coin, whose surcharge will go to providing a permanent endowment for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. Mr. Scruggs is a Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, and is the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund liaison to Congress, the White House and corporate leaders.

Mr. Scruggs received his B.A. degree from American University in 1975; his Masters in Education from American University in 1976; and a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1990.

Dr. Barbara W. White of Austin, Texas is Dean and Centennial Professor in Leadership for Community, Professional, and Corporate Excellence at the University of Texas at Austin, School of Social Work. Dr. White is responsible for the continued development of nationally-recognized education and research programs in social work, and guidance of the School in its interactions with government and with local, state, and federal human service systems. She is the former President of the National Association of Social Workers, and was Associate Dean and Associate Professor at The Florida State University School of Social Work.

Dr. White received a B.S. from Florida A&M University in 1964; a second bachelor's degree from Florida State University in 1974; her M.S.W. from Florida State University in 1975; and her Ph.D. from Florida State University in 1986.

The National Selective Service Appeal Board is a civilian agency within the Selective Service System. The mission of the Selective Service System is "to deliver untrained manpower to the armed forces in time of emergency in accordance with requirements established by the Department of Defense, and administer the alternative service program for conscientious objectors."