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                     Office of the Press Secretary
                           (Yulee, Florida)
For Immediate Release                                      May 27, 1999
                   FREDRIC D. WOOCHER, DOLLY M. GEE, 

The President today nominated Charles R. Wilson to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit of Florida, William Joseph Haynes, Jr. to the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, Patricia A. Coan to the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, Fredric D. Woocher and Dolly M. Gee to the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, and Victor Marrero to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Mr. Charles R. Wilson, of Tampa, Florida, has served as United States Attorney for the Middle District of Florida since 1994. Shortly after graduating from law school, Mr. Wilson served as a law clerk for Judge Joseph W. Hatchett, who had recently integrated what was then the Fifth (and is now the Eleventh) Circuit. After his clerkship with Judge Hatchett, Mr. Wilson worked briefly for the Hillsborough County Attorney's Office, followed by five years as a solo practitioner. In November 1986, Governor Bob Graham appointed Mr. Wilson to serve as a state county judge. In May 1990, Mr. Wilson was selected to be a United States Magistrate Judge for the Middle District of Florida. Mr. Wilson attended the University of Notre Dame for both college and law school, receiving his B.A. in 1976 and his J.D. in 1979.

Judge William Joseph Haynes, Jr. of Nashville, Tennessee, has served as a United States Magistrate Judge for the Middle District of Tennessee since 1984. Prior to his appointment as a Magistrate Judge, Judge Haynes was a sole practitioner in Nashville, and held several positions in the Tennessee Attorney General's Office, including Deputy Attorney General from 1978-84, Senior Assistant Attorney General from 1977-78, and Assistant Attorney General from 1973-77. In addition, Judge Haynes has been a lecturer in law at Vanderbilt Law School. He received his B.A. in 1970 from the College of St. Thomas and his J.D. in 1973 from Vanderbilt University School of Law.

Judge Patricia A. Coan, of Denver, Colorado, has served as a United States Magistrate Judge for the District of Colorado since 1996. Prior to her appointment as a Magistrate Judge, Judge Coan had been a partner with the law firm Waltz, D'Antuono and Coan from 1995-96, and Coan and Collyar from 1994-95. She was previously a sole practitioner from 1985 to 1994, and again in 1995. Judge Coan was also an associate with Bauer and Buescher from 1983-85, and with Hornbein, MacDonald, Fattor and Buckley from 1981-83. She received her B.S.N. in 1967 from Georgetown University and her J.D. in 1981 from the University of Denver College of Law.

Mr. Fredric D. Woocher, of Los Angeles, California, has been a partner at the Santa Monica firm of Strumwasser and Woocher since 1991. Following law school, Mr. Woocher clerked for United States Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. from 1979-80, and Chief Judge David L. Bazelon of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia from 1978-79. He received his B.A. in 1972 from Yale University, his M.A. in 1975 from Stanford University, his Ph.D. in 1977 from Stanford University, and his J.D. in 1978 from Stanford Law School.

Ms. Dolly M. Gee, of Los Angeles, California, is a partner at the Los Angeles firm of Schwartz, Steinsapir, Dohrmann & Sommers. Ms. Gee was appointed by the President to serve on the Federal Service Impasses Panel from 1994-99. Ms. Gee clerked for the Honorable Milton L. Schwartz of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California from 1984-86. Ms. Gee graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1981 and UCLA School of Law in 1984.

Mr. Victor Marrero, of New York City, New York, currently serves as Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the United States to the Organization of American States (OAS), and previously served as Ambassador, United States Representative on the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations from 1993-97. Mr. Marrero practiced real estate law as a partner in two New York firms: Brown & Wood from 1986-93, and Tufo & Zuccotti from 1982-85. Mr. Marrero has served in a number of state and federal government positions, including Undersecretary at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development from 1979-81, Commissioner of the New York State Division of Housing & Community Renewal from 1978-79, Chairman of the New York City Planning Commission from 1976-77, First Assistant Counsel to the Governor of New York from 1975-76, Special Counsel to the Comptroller of the City of New York from 1974-75, and Assistant to the Mayor from 1968-70. Marrero has been an adjunct or visiting lecturer in law at Columbia from 1990-93 and Yale Law Schools from 1985-87. Born in Puerto Rico, Mr. Marrero received a B.A. from New York University in 1964 and an LL.B. from Yale Law School in 1968.