President Clinton on Thursday nominated two local lawyers for positions
as federal district judges in Los Angeles.
Clinton tapped labor lawyer Dolly M. Gee, currently a partner at Los Angeles'
Schwartz, Steinsapir, Dohrmann & Sommers, and public interest attorney
Fredric D. Woocher of Santa Monica's Strumwasser and Woocher.
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) had recommended both Gee, 39, a 1984 UCLA
Law School graduate, and Woocher, 48, a 1978 Stanford Law School graduate,
If confirmed, Gee would become the first Chinese American woman to serve
on the federal bench.
However, both Gee and Woocher may face a lengthy delay in gaining confirmation.
Due to a dispute between the White House and Sen. Judiciary Committee
Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), the committee has held no confirmation
hearings for any federal judges this year.