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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release March 23, 1995


President Clinton today nominated two individuals to serve as federal judges: Carlos F. Lucero for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and Wenona Y. Whitfield for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois.

Carlos F. Lucero, 54, is a partner in the Alamosa, Colorado law firm of Lucero, Lester & Sigmond, where he has a civil litigation practice.

A prominent member of the Colorado legal community, Lucero was President of the Colorado Bar Association from 1977 to 1978 and President of the Colorado Bar Foundation from 1987 to 1989. In addition, Lucero is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, the International Society of Barristers, and the American Bar Foundation. Since 1968, he has also served as an adjunct professor of legal studies at Adams State College. Lucero was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate in 1984 and 1990.

Lucero received a B.A. degree from Adams State College and a J.D. degree from George Washington University. During law school, Lucero served as a staff assistant to U.S. Senator John Carroll. After graduation, he served as a law clerk to U.S. District Judge William Doyle and then moved to Alamosa, where he has practiced law since 1965.

Lucero and his wife, Dorothy, have one grown child and reside in Alamosa. Upon confirmation, Lucero would become one of twelve judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, which hears cases from Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah and Wyoming.

Wenona Y. Whitfield, 46, has served since 1981 on the faculty of the Southern Illinois University School of Law as an Associate Professor of Law and Assistant Professor of Law. Prior to joining the faculty, she was litigation counsel for the Illinois Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, practiced with a Chicago law firm, and worked as an attorney for the Continental Illinois National Bank & Trust Company of Chicago. Ms. Whitfield currently serves as Secretary and General Legal Counsel to the Carbondale Habitat for Humanity. She received a B.A. degree from Illinois Wesleyan University and a J.D. degree from Southern Illinois University. Ms. Whitfield resides in Carbondale, Illinois.