THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NOMINATES BERLE M. SCHILLER AND R. BARCLAY SURRICK TO THE FEDERAL BENCH The President today nominated Berle M. Schiller and R. Barclay
Surrick to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Berle M. Schiller, of Merion, Pennsylvania, was a judge on the Superior Court of Pennsylvania from 1996 through early 2000. Prior to assuming the bench, Schiller served for two years as Chief Counsel to the Federal Transit Administration from 1994 to 1996. Schiller was previously a partner at Astor, Weiss, Kaplan & Rosenblum for two decades (1972-1993), and worked as a Deputy Attorney General for the Pennsylvania Department of Justice from 1971 to 1972, where he created Pennsylvania's first narcotics strike force. Schiller also served as the Southeastern Pennsylvania Coordinator for the Milton Sharp for Governor Campaign in 1970, and worked as an associate at Blank, Rome, Comisky, McCauley, LLP from 1968 to 1969. He received his B.A. degree from Bowdoin College in 1965 and his J.D. degree from New York University School of Law in 1968.
R. Barclay Surrick, of Media, Pennsylvania, has been a judge on the Court of Common Pleas of Delaware County, Pennsylvania, since 1978. Prior to joining the state judiciary, Surrick was a shareholder at Cramp D?Iorio McConchie & Surrick from 1969 to 1977, and worked as an associate at Lutz Fronfield Labrum & Knapp from 1967 to 1969. He also served as a part-time attorney for the Delaware County Public Defenders' Office from 1965 to 1974, and ran a solo practice in Delaware County from 1966 to 1967. Surrick began his legal career as an associate for Basil C. Clare, Esq., from 1965 to 1966. He received his B.A. degree from Dickinson College in 1960, his J.D. degree from Dickinson School of Law in 1965, and his L.L. M. degree in judicial process from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1982.
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