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                     Office of the Press Secretary
                           (Cologne, Germany)
For Immediate Release                                      June 17, 1999
                  JAMES E. DUFFY, JR., AND ELENA KAGAN
                          TO THE FEDERAL BENCH

The President today nominated Maryanne Trump Barry to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (New Jersey), James E. Duffy, Jr. to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (Hawaii), and Elena Kagan to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Judge Maryanne Trump Barry, of Sparta, New Jersey, has been a United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey since 1983. She received her B.A. in 1958 from Mount Holyoke College, her M.A. in 1962 from Columbia University, and her J.D. in 1974 from Hofstra University School of Law. Prior to her appointment as a U.S. District Judge in 1983, Barry had worked for nine years in the Office of the U.S. Attorney in New Jersey, serving in a variety of capacities including: Assistant U.S. Attorney (1974-75), Deputy Chief of the Appeals Division (1976-77), Chief of the Appeals Division (1977-82), Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney (1981-82), and First Assistant U.S. Attorney (1981-83). As a U.S. District Judge, Barry served as the Chair of the Criminal Law Committee of the Judicial Conference (1994-96).

James E. Duffy, Jr., of Honolulu, Hawaii, has been a partner in the Honolulu law firm of Fujiyama, Duffy and Fujiyama since 1975. Although born and educated on the mainland, Duffy has been a litigator in Hawaii for his entire legal career. He received his B.A. from the College of St. Thomas and his J.D. from Marquette University Law School in 1968. Upon graduation from law school, Duffy moved to Hawaii and entered private practice, first as an associate at Cobb and Gould (1968-71), then as an associate at Chuck and Fujiyama (1972-74). Duffy has been a partner at Fujiyama, Duffy and Fujiyama for almost 25 years.

Elena Kagan, of the District of Columbia, will be a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School beginning in July 1999. She received a B.A. summa cum laude from Princeton University (1981), a M. Phil. from Oxford University (1983), and a J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School (1986). Following law school, she clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit for Judge Abner Mikva (1986-87) and on the U.S. Supreme Court for Justice Thurgood Marshall (1987-88). Kagan was then an associate at Williams and Connolly (1989-91). She joined the faculty of the University of Chicago Law School as an assistant professor in 1991 and became a full professor with tenure in 1995. Kagan was Special Counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee during the confirmation hearings of Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Summer 1993). She served as Associate Counsel to the President from 1995 to 1996 and Deputy Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy and Deputy Director of the Domestic Policy Council from 1997 to 1999. In addition, she has been a member of the Board of Governors of the Chicago Council of Lawyers and a public member of the Administrative Conference of the United States.