President Clinton Nominates Melvin C. Hall to the Federal Bench (10/3/00)
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary
                          (Coral Gables, Florida)

For Immediate Release                                  October 3, 2000

                           TO THE FEDERAL BENCH

     The President today nominated Melvin C. Hall to the U.S. District
Court for the Western District of Oklahoma.

     Melvin C. Hall, of Norman, Oklahoma, joined the law firm of Riggs,
Abney, Neal, Turpen, Orbison & Lewis as an associate in 1988 and has been a
partner and shareholder with the firm since 1992.  Prior to joining his
current law firm, Hall served as Enforcement Supervisor for Oklahoma?s
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in 1987; as Executive Director of
the Oklahoma Human Rights Commission (1983-1987); as an Assistant District
Attorney for the Cleveland County District Attorney?s Office (1981-1983);
and as Director of the Dispute Mediation Program for the Cleveland County
District Attorney?s Office (1981-1983).  Hall received his B.A. degree from
Langston University in 1978 and his J.D. degree from University of Oklahoma
College of Law in 1981.


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