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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release March 21, 1997
                         THREE TO FEDERAL BENCH

The President today nominated three individuals to serve on the United States District Court: Anabelle Rodriguez for the District of Puerto Rico, Michael D. Schattman for the Northern District of Texas, and Hilda G. Tagle for the Southern District of Texas.

Anabelle Rodriguez, 46, 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.

Michael D. Schattman, 50, is currently Of Counsel to the Fort Worth law firm of Kelly, Hart & Hallman. Schattman left the state bench on December 31, 1996, where he served on the 348th Judicial District Court of Tarrant County, since 1983. Previously, he was a judge on the County Court, a partner in the Fort Worth firm of Schattman & Guthrie, and a law clerk to U.S. District Court Judge Woodrow B. Seals. He earned his J.D. degree from the University of Texas School of Law and his B.A. degree from Georgetown University. Schattman and his wife, Mary Ellen, have three children and reside in Fort Worth.

Hilda G. Tagle, 50, is a judge on Texas' 148th District Court of Nueces County. She also served as an Assistant City Attorney for Corpus Christi, an Assistant Nueces County Attorney, and an Assistant Nueces County District Attorney prior to entering private practice in 1981. In 1985, Tagle was appointed to a judgeship on the Nueces County Court at Law No. 3. Tagle received her B.A. degree from East Texas State University, her M.L.S. degree from North Texas State University, and her J.D. degree from the University of Texas. She resides in Corpus Christi.