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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release April 23, 1998
                           PRESIDENT CLINTON 
                          TO THE FEDERAL BENCH

President Clinton today nominated David R. Herndon to be a United States District Court Judge for the Southern District of Illinois and Robert A. Freedberg to be a United States District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Robert A. Freedberg, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Judge Robert A. Freedberg of Easton, Pennsylvania, received a B.A. degree from Lafayette College in 1966, and a J.D. degree from Columbia University School of Law 1969. After law school, he was a law clerk for Northampton County's Court of Common Pleas, before entering private practice -- first as an associate at Sigmon, Briody, Littner and Ross from 1970 to 1971, and then as a sole practitioner from 1971 to 1980. While a sole practitioner he also served as an Assistant District Attorney for Northampton County from 1973 to 1979, and as an Assistant Solicitor for the City of Easton from 1977 to 1980. Since 1980, he has served as a judge on Northampton County's Court of Common Pleas.

David R. Herndon, Southern District of Illinois

Judge David R. Herndon of East Alton, Illinois, received his college (1974) and law (1977) degrees from Southern Illinois University. After law school, he was an associate in the Law Office of L. Thomas Lakin from 1977 to 1978, a partner at Haley, Frederickson, Walsh and Herndon from 1978 to 1980, and a partner at Lakin and Herndon from 1980 until 1991. Since 1991, Judge Herndon has served on the Third Judicial Circuit Court for the State of Illinois.