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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release April 25, 1995
                      TO THE U.S. COURT OF APPEALS

President Clinton today nominated Terence T. Evans to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and William A. Fletcher to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Terence T. Evans, 55, has been Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin since 1990. He has served on that court since his appointment in 1980.

In addition to his 15 years as a U.S. District Court judge, Evans served as a county judge and a circuit judge in Milwaukee for six years, from 1974 to 1980. Prior to taking the bench, Evans practiced law with the Milwaukee firm of Cook & Franke, worked as a felony prosecutor in the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office, and served as a law clerk to Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Horace Wilkie.

A native of Milwaukee, Evans received his B.A. degree from Marquette University, where he was captain of the track team. After graduating college, Evans worked for two years as a teacher and coach at North Division and West Division High Schools in Milwaukee. He then went on to earn his J.D. degree from Marquette Law School.

Evans has remained active in community service since taking the bench. He served on the Board of Directors of the Milwaukee Council on Alcoholism, and continues to work in Roy Hill's "Athletes for Youth" program in Milwaukee. Evans was named Marquette Law School Alumnus of the Year in 1993.

Evans and his wife, Joan Marie Evans, a teacher at Shorewood High School, have three grown children and reside in Milwaukee. Upon confirmation, Evans will become one of 11 judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, which hears cases from Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin.

William A. Fletcher, 49, has been a professor of law at the University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall) since 1977.

At Boalt Hall, Fletcher has focused his academic work on federal civil procedure and federal jurisdiction. He is a co-author of a leading casebook on federal civil practice and procedure, and has been a member of the American Law Institute since 1989. In 1993, Fletcher was awarded the University of California, Berkeley, Distinguished Teaching Award.

In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Fletcher has been active in law school administration, serving as Chair of the Appointments Committee and the Dean Search Committee. Fletcher also has served as a visiting professor at the University of Michigan Law School and as a professor at the Salzburg Seminars.

Fletcher received his B.A. degree from Harvard University and was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to attend Oxford University. After serving as an officer with the U.S. Navy, Fletcher received his J.D. degree from Yale Law School. He then served as a law clerk to Judge Stanley A. Weigel of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and to Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Fletcher and his wife, Linda Morris Fletcher, have three children and reside in Berkeley. Upon confirmation, Fletcher will become one of 28 judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which hears cases from Alaska, Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, the Northern Mariana Islands, Oregon and Washington.