THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES JOHN R. L LACEY AS CHAIR AND LARAMIE F. MCNAMARA AS MEMBER OF THE FOREIGN CLAIMS SETTLEMENT COMMISSION
President Clinton today announced his intent to nominate John R. Lacey as Chair of the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission, and Laramie F. McNamara as a Member of the Commission.
Mr. John R. Lacey, of Hartford, Connecticut, has served as a Member of the Commission since 1994. He is currently engaged in the practice of corporate and international business law in Hartford, Connecticut. He has also served as Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust in Connecticut and has taught law and foreign investment courses at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and the University of Connecticut Graduate School of Business. Mr. Lacey received a B.S.F.S. degree from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, a J.D. degree from the University of Virginia Law School and a M.A.L.D. degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
Ms. Laramie F. McNamara, of McLean, Virginia, is a public policy consultant specializing in the impact of technology development and security on global institutions and relationships. From 1994-1995 she was Senior Vice President for national and international relations for Bank of America. From 1980-1994, she directed federal government relations at TRW Inc., a diversified company with a base in advanced technology. She has served as an officer and a member of the board of the Electronic Industries Association, as well as a member of the board of its Electronics Industry Foundation. Ms. McNamara is a former member of the Industry Executive Subcommittee of the President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee, and chaired its task force on the National Information Infrastructure. She has chaired the joint private-public sector Tax Coalition, and is past chairman and member of the board of The Green Door, a non-profit, self-help organization for the mentally ill. Ms. McNamara was raised and educated in Europe and South America, and received a B.A. degree from Niagara University and an M.A. from Boston College.
The Foreign Claims Settlement Commission of the United States is an independent agency within the Department of Justice.
It adjudicates the property and personal claims of United States citizens against foreign governments after the foreign government in question has reached a settlement agreement with the United States. The Commission also offers technical assistance to United States officials addressing foreign claims issues and to foreign governments seeking to establish similar adjudicating bodies of their own. The decisions of the Commission are final on all questions of fact and law and are not subject to review by any other official or agency of the United States.