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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release July 15, 1997
                       PRESIDENT NAMES SHARON J. ZEALEY
                           AS U.S. ATTORNEY FOR THE 
                          SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF OHIO

The President today announced his intent to nominate Sharon J. Zealey to serve as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio.

Sharon J. Zealey, of Cincinnati, Ohio, has served as the Assistant United States Attorney, Criminal Division, for the Southern District of Ohio since February 1995. In this capacity, she has overseen the prosecution of white collar crime and the defense of criminal appeals. From 1991 to 1995, Ms. Zealey was the Deputy Attorney General for the Ohio Attorney General, where she was involved in litigation in complex class action criminal justice and consumer protection cases. From 1988 to 1991, she was an associate at the firm of Manley, Burke, Lipton & Cook, where she served as lead counsel and second chair in litigation involving fair housing, business fraud and contracts. Ms. Zealey is a member of five national and local bar associations, and was the National Bar Association's Region VI Member of the Year in 1989. She is the former president of the Black Lawyers Association of Cincinnati, and previously served on the Sixth Circuit's Bankruptcy Court Merit Selection Committee, and on the Board of Visitors for the University of Cincinnati College of Law. Her public and social service contributions include work with the Subcommittee on Law and Justice for the Summit on Racism, the Legal Aid Society, the Black Community Crusade for Children, and the City of Cincinnati Equal Opportunity Advisory Review Board. Ms. Zealey received a B.S. degree with honors from Xavier University of Louisiana and a J.D. degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

United States Attorneys are the chief federal prosecutors and law enforcement officers for the 94 federal judicial districts. They have principal responsibility for the prosecution of federal matters in their district.