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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release February 11, 1998
                          TO THE FEDERAL BENCH 

President Clinton today nominated Chester Straub to serve on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, New York.

Mr. Straub, of New York City, is a senior partner in the New York office of Wilkie, Farr & Gallagher. He received his bachelor's degree in 1958, from St. Peter's College, and his law degree in 1961, from the University of Virginia, where he served as an editor of the law review. He served in the United States Army, Military Intelligence, from 1961 until 1963, when he joined the law firm of Wilkie, Farr. He has worked at Wilkie, Farr -- first as an associate and then as a partner -- for the past thirty-four years. From 1973 to 1974, he was a member of the New York State Senate, where he served on the Corporations, Public Utilities, Civil Service, Judiciary, Health, Housing and Urban Development, and Transportation Committees. From 1977 to 1984, Mr. Straub sat by designation as a special master for local state courts. Currently, he serves as a mediator and neutral evaluator for the federal district courts in New York.