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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release July 30, 1997
                            TO THE FEDERAL BENCH 

The President today nominated Susan Graber to serve on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Oregon.

Graber, 47, graduated with honors from Wellesley College in 1969 and received her law degree from Yale in 1972. She served as Assistant Attorney General for the New Mexico Bureau of Revenue from 1972-74, where she litigated a wide array of tax cases. She then briefly worked at Jones, Gollegos, Snead & Wertheim in New Mexico (1974-75) before joining Taft, Stettinius & Hollister in Cincinnati (1975-78). In 1978, Graber moved to Portland, Oregon, where she worked for Stoel, Rives, Boley, Jones & Grey. She became a partner in 1981, handling a variety of commercial, regulatory, and employment law matters. In 1988, Graber became a judge on the Oregon Court of Appeals; and in 1990, she was appointed to the Oregon Supreme Court. In 1992, she was reelected to a term that expires in 1999.