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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release May 22, 1998
                      THE PRESIDENT NOMINATES TWO 
                         TO THE FEDERAL BENCH

President Clinton today nominated Patricia A. Seitz to serve as a United States District Court Judge for the Southern District of Florida and Gerald Bruce Lee to serve as a United States District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Patricia A. Seitz, Southern District of Florida

Ms. Seitz, of Coral Gables, Florida, received her undergraduate degree from Kansas State University in 1968, and her J.D. degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1973. Following law school, Ms. Seitz served as a law clerk to the Honorable Charles Richey of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia from 1973 to 1974. Ms. Seitz was then an associate (1974-1979), and partner (1980-1996), with the law firm of Steel Hector & Davis. Most recently, Ms. Seitz served as Director of the Office of Legal Counsel for the Office of National Drug Control Policy within the Executive Office of the President from 1996 to 1997. In addition, Ms. Seitz served as an Adjunct Professor for the Trial Advocacy Program at the University of Miami from 1984 to 1988.

Gerald Bruce Lee, Eastern District of Virginia

Judge Lee, of Springfield, Virginia, received his undergraduate degree in 1973, and his law degree in 1976, from The American University. Following law school, Judge Lee practiced law with Wiggs & Holland from 1976 to 1977; Wiggs and Lee from 1977 to 1978; Wiggs, Lee & McLerklin from 1978 to 1980; the Law Office of Gerald Bruce Lee from 1980 to 1983; Lee & Finch from 1983 to 1985; the Law Offices of Gerald Bruce Lee & Associates from 1985 to 1986; and Cohen Dunn Sinclair, P.C. From 1986 to 1992. Since 1992, Judge Lee has served as a judge on the 19th Judicial Circuit Court of Virginia.