THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT NOMINATES TWO TO THE FEDERAL BENCH
The President today nominated Jerome B. Friedman to serve as a United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia and Ronnie L. White to serve as a United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Missouri.
Friedman, 54, is currently the Chief Judge for the Virginia Beach Circuit Court. He received his college degree from Old Dominion College in 1965 and his law degree from Wake Forest University in 1969. He was a trust administrator for the First Union National Bank from 1969 to 1970, before working in various law firms from 1970 to 1985. From 1985 to 1991, he was a state district court judge; and since 1991, he has been a judge on the Virginia Beach Circuit Court, serving as Chief Judge since 1994.
White, 44, is currently a judge on the Missouri Supreme Court. He received his A.A. degree from St. Louis Community College ('77), his B.A. degree from St. Louis University ('79), and his law degree from the University of Missouri ('83). From 1984 to 1987, he was an Assistant Public Defender for the City of St. Louis; and from 1987 to 1993, he was in private practice. White was a City Counselor for St. Louis from 1993 to 1994 and served as a State Representative to the Missouri Legislature from 1989 to 1993, where he chaired the Committee on the Judiciary. He became a judge on the Missouri Court of Appeals in 1994 and was elevated to the Missouri Supreme Court in 1995.