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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release March 29, 1995
                     TO THE STATE JUSTICE INSTITUTE 

The President today announced his intention to nominate Judge Tommy Edward Jewell, III as a Member of the Board of Directors of the State Justice Institute.

Judge Jewell of Albuquerque, New Mexico, has been serving as District Court Judge, Second Judicial District Court, Children's Division since September, 1991. Previously, Judge Jewell served as Metropolitan Court Judge from 1984 to 1991, first as Chief Judge and then Presiding Civil Judge. He was first appointed Metropolitan Court Judge in December, 1983, elected Metropolitan Court Judge in November, 1984, re-elected in November, 1986 and retained in November 1990. Prior to taking the bench, Judge Jewell established Jewell, Jewell, Kelly & Kittson Attorneys at Law and practiced law for five years. Judge Jewell received a B.A. from New Mexico State University in 1976 and a J.D. from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 1979.

The State Justice Institute is a private, non-profit corporation which provides financial support to projects designed to improve the administration and quality of justice in the State courts. The goals of the Institute are to direct a national program of assistance to ensure that all U.S. citizens have ready access to a fair and effective judicial system; foster coordination and cooperation between the State and Federal judiciaries; serve as a clearing-house and information center for the dissemination of information regarding State judicial systems; and encourage education for judges and support personnel in State court systems.