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                        Office of the Press Secretary 
                                (Palo Alto, CA) 
For Immediate Release                               September 19, 1997 
                        AT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

The President today announced his intent to nominate Seth P. Waxman to serve as Solicitor General at the Department of Justice.

Mr. Waxman, of the District of Columbia, has been serving as Deputy Solicitor General since October 1996, and as Acting Solicitor General since September 1, 1997. From April through July 1997, Mr. Waxman was also Acting Deputy Attorney General. He served as Associate Deputy Attorney General from May 1994 through September 1996. Prior to entering government service, Mr. Waxman was a managing partner of the Washington, D.C. law firm of Miller, Cassidy, Larroca & Lewin, which he joined in 1978. Reflecting his career-long commitment to pro bono legal service, Mr. Waxman is a recipient of the American Bar Association's Pro Bono Publico award and the Anti-Defamation League's Benjamin L. Cardozo Certificate of Merit. Mr. Waxman is a former Rockefeller Fellow and is now a member of the fellowship's Board of Directors.

Mr. Waxman received an A.B. summa cum laude from Harvard College, and a J.D. from Yale Law School, where he served as the managing editor of the Yale Law Journal.

The Solicitor General assists the Attorney General in his or her duties, and represents the interests of the United States in all matters before the Supreme Court of the United States. The Solicitor General determines whether appeals will be taken by the Government and whether the United States will file a brief amicus curiae or intervene as a party in any court.