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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release January 29, 1996


President Clinton has nominated three individuals to serve on the U.S. District Court: W. Craig Broadwater for the Northern District of West Virginia, Dean D. Pregerson for the Central District of California, and Annabelle Rodriguez for the District of Puerto Rico.

W. Craig Broadwater, 45, is the chief judge of the First Judicial Circuit of West Virginia, where he has served for a total of ten years. He has also served as Co-Chair of the Family Law Masters Rules of Practice and Procedure Committee and as Chair of the Committee to Develop Child Abuse and Neglect Rules, both with the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. Prior to taking the bench, Broadwater was a Special Prosecuting Attorney for Ohio County, as well as Hearing Examiner and Counsel for the West Virginia Workers Compensation Fund. Broadwater earned his J.D. and B.A. degrees from West Virginia University. He and his wife, Chong Hui Broadwater, have three children and reside in Wheeling.

Dean D. Pregerson, 44, has been practicing law in California since 1976 and is currently a partner with the Los Angeles law firm of Pregerson, Richman & Luna. Early in his career, Pregerson served as a parole hearing examiner for the State of California and then as an Assistant Public Defender in Guam. He earned his J.D. degree from the University of California at Davis - King Hall School of Law and his B.A. degree from the University of California at Los Angeles. Pregerson and his wife, Sharon, have two children and reside in Pacific Palisades.

Annabelle Rodriguez, 45, is a partner with the Hato Rey law firm of Martinez, Odell & Calabria, where she has practiced since 1993. Prior to this, she made the progression from serving as an Assistant Solicitor General at the Puerto Rico Department of Justice to serving as the Solicitor General. She earned her B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of Puerto Rico. Rodriguez has two children and resides with her husband, Francisco de Jesus-Schuck, in Guaynabo.