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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release May 21, 1998
                      THE PRESIDENT NOMINATES FOUR 
                          TO THE FEDERAL BENCH

The President today nominated William H. Pauley III, Richard M. Berman and Colleen McMahon to serve as United States District Court Judges for the Southern District of New York and Donovan W. Frank to serve as a United States District Court Judge for the District of Minnesota.

William H. Pauley III, Southern District of New York

Mr. Pauley, of Garden City, New York, received both his undergraduate degree and law degree from Duke University in 1974, and 1977 respectively. After law school, he served as a law clerk from 1977 to 1978, and as a Deputy County Attorney in 1978 in the Nassau County Attorney's Office. Mr. Pauley then practiced in the law firms of Orenstein, Snitow, Sutak & Pollack, P.C. from 1978 to 1982; Orenstein, Snitow & Sutak, P.C. from 1982 to 1983; Orenstein, Snitow & Pauley, P.C. from 1983 to 1985; and Snitow & Pauley from 1985 to present. In addition, since 1984, Mr. Pauley has served on a part-time basis as Assistant Counsel to the New York State Assembly Minority Leader.

Richard M. Berman, Southern District of New York

Judge Berman, of New York City, received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University in 1964; his J.D. degree from New York University School of Law in 1967; both a Diploma of Comparative Law (1968) and a Diploma of International Law (1970) from the University of Stockholm School of Law; and a Masters in Social Work in 1996, from Fordham University. Judge Berman served as an associate with the law firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell from 1970 to 1974; as Executive Assistant to former U.S. Senator Jacob Javits from 1974 to 1977; as Executive Director for the New York State Alliance to Save Energy, Inc. from 1977 to 1978; and as General Counsel and Executive Vice President for Warner Cable Corporation from 1978 to 1986. From 1986 to 1995, Judge Berman was a partner with the law firm of LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae. Since 1995, he has served as a judge on the New York State Family Court in Queens County, New York.

Colleen McMahon, Southern District of New York

Judge McMahon, of Bronxville, New York, received her undergraduate degree from Ohio State University in 1973, and her law degree from Harvard University in 1976. Following law school, Judge McMahon was an associate and then a partner (1976-1995) with the law firm of Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison. In addition, during a one-year hiatus from the firm, Judge McMahon was a speechwriter and Special Assistant to the Honorable Donald McHenry, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations from 1979 to 1980. In 1995, Judge McMahon was appointed to the New York Court of Claims and then was designated to serve as an Acting Justice of the New York State Supreme Court.

Donovan W. Frank, District of Minnesota

Judge Frank, of Virginia, Minnesota, received his undergraduate degree from Luther College in 1973, and his law degree from Hamline University School of Law in 1977. Following law school, Judge Frank served as an Assistant County Attorney for St. Louis County from 1977 to 1985. Since 1985, Judge Frank has served as a judge on the Sixth Judicial District Court for the State of Minnesota.