THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES JOSEPH E. STEVENS, JR. TO THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE HARRY S. TRUMAN SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION
The President today announced the nomination of Justice Joseph E. Stevens, Jr. to the Board of Trustees of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation.
Justice Joseph E. Stevens, Jr., of Kansas City, Missouri, has served as a judge in the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri since 1982, including a three year stint as Chief Judge of his district from 1992 to 1995. During the summers of 1996, 1997 and 1998, he served as an Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy at the University of Missouri-Columbia Law School, and has taught seminars at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Law School, as a Judge in residence, 1997 and 1998. From 1962 to 1981, Justice Stevens was a member of the Kansas City law firm Lathrop, Koontz, Righter, Blackwell, Gordon & Parker (predecessor to the present firm of Lathrop & Gage). He has served as Chairman of the Plain Language and the Law Committee of the Missouri Bar and was President of the Missouri Bar in 1980-1981, and is a former member of the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Civil Rules, and the Judicial Council of the Eighth Circuit. In addition, he sits on the Board of Directors of the Truman Medical Center, 1979 to 1998. He has served on the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation since being appointed in 1995.
Justice Stevens received a B.A. degree from Yale University, and a J.D. degree from the University of Michigan Law School.
The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation was established for the purpose of awarding scholarships to individuals who plan to pursue careers in public service. The Foundation awards 75 to 85 scholarships annually. Recipients of the awards, known as "Truman Scholars," are eligible to receive $30,000 in financial support.