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THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary


For Immediate Release October 27,1999
            PRESIDENT CLINTON NOMINATES ANNA BLACKBURNE-RIGSBY
                AND THOMAS J. MOTLEY TO THE SUPERIOR COURT
                        OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

     The President yesterday nominated Anna Blackburne-Rigsby and Thomas J.

Motley to the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.

Anna Blackburne-Rigsby, of Washington, D.C., has served as a Hearing Commissioner on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia since 1995. Prior to her appointment to that court, Ms. Blackburne-Rigsby was Deputy Corporation Counsel in the Family Services Division of the D.C. Office of Corporation Counsel from 1994 to 1995; a Special Counsel to the D.C. Corporation Counsel from 1992 to 1994; and an associate at the law firm of Hogan and Hartson from 1987 to 1992. Ms. Blackburne-Rigsby received her B.A. in Political Science from Duke University in 1983 and her J.D. from Howard University School of Law in 1987.

Thomas J. Motley, of Washington, D.C., has served as the Principal Assistant U.S Attorney for the District of Columbia since 1998. Prior to being named to that position, he was the Acting Chief of the Public Corruption/Government Fraud Section of the U.S. Attorneys' Office from 1997 to 1998. From 1983 to 1997, Motley served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Superior Court Division, the Appellate Division and the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office. Motley was an associate at the law firm of Steptoe and Johnson from September 1980 to March 1983. He received his B.A. in Philosophy from Columbia College in 1976 and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1979. Following law school, Motley served as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert F. Collins on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana from 1979 to 1980.

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