THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NOMINATES TWO TO THE FEDERAL BENCH
The President today nominated Matthew F. Kennelly and William J. Hibbler to serve as United States District Court Judges for the Northern District of Illinois.
Matthew F. Kennelly, Northern District of Illinois
Mr. Kennelly, of Evanston, Illinois, received his undergraduate degree in 1978, from the University of Notre Dame, and his law degree in 1981, from Harvard Law School. From 1981 to 1982, he was an associate with the law firm of Hedlund, Hunter & Lynch. Mr. Kennelly then clerked for the Honorable Prentice Marshall of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois from 1982 until 1984. Since 1984, Mr. Kennelly has been an associate, partner and shareholder at the law firm of Cotsirilos, Stephenson, Tighe & Streicker, Ltd.
William J. Hibbler, Northern District of Illinois
Judge Hibbler, of Richton Park, Illinois, received his undergraduate degree in 1969, from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and received his law degree in 1973, from DePaul University. From 1973 to 1977, Judge Hibbler was an Assistant State's Attorney with the Cook County State's Attorney Office. He was then a partner in Belmonte, Kagen, Hibbler & DePalma from 1977 to 1981. In 1981, he returned to his work as an Assistant State's Attorney with the Cook County State's Attorney Office, where he stayed until 1986. Since 1986, Judge Hibbler has served as an Associate Judge on the Cook County Circuit Court. In addition, since 1989, he has served as an Adjunct Professor teaching Trial Advocacy at the Chicago/Kent College of Law.