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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release March 6, 1996


The President today nominated Eric L. Clay to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Clay is currently a partner and co-founder of Lewis, White & Clay, a law firm in Detroit. Clay serves as Chair of the firm's litigation department and maintains a diverse civil litigation practice. Before entering private practice, Clay served as a law clerk for then-District Judge Damon Keith, now a senior member of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Clay received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina and his J.D. from Yale University. He has remained active in bar activities and is a former member of both the U.S. Magistrates Selection Panel and the U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Merit Selection Committee for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. He also has been selected to serve as a life member of the Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference. A recognized and respected member of the Detroit legal community, Clay has received the endorsement of the National Bar Association, the President of the Federal Bar Association, the Wolverine Bar Association, and the Michigan Chronicle.

Clay resides in West Bloomfield and upon confirmation would become one of sixteen judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, which hears cases from Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee.