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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release May 15, 1997


The President today nominated Henry H. Kennedy, Jr., to serve on the federal District Court for the District of Columbia and Rodney W. Sippel to serve on the federal District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri. Biographical summaries of the nominees follow:

Henry H. Kennedy, Jr., 49, earned his undergraduate degree from Princeton University ('70) and his law degree from Harvard Law School ('73). After law school, he worked for Reavis, Pogue, Neal and Rose (1973) and for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Washington, D.C. (1973-76), before becoming a United States Magistrate for the District of Columbia (1976-79). Since 1979, Judge Kennedy has served on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Kennedy and his wife, Altomease Kennedy, have two children and live in Washington, D.C.

Rodney W. Sippel, 40, received his undergraduate degree from the University of Tulsa ('78) and his law degree from Washington University School of Law ('81). From 1982 to 1993, he worked at the law firm of Husch & Eppenberger; and from 1993 to 1995, he served as an Administrative Assistant for Congressman Richard A. Gephardt. In 1995, Sippel rejoined Husch & Eppenberger as a partner. Rodney lives with his wife, Mary Sippel, and son in Kirkwood, Missouri.