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Department of Justice Nomination of Five Persons

February 15, 1977

The President today announced that he will nominate five persons to positions in the Justice Department. They are:

WADE H. McCREE, JR., of Detroit, Mich., to be Solicitor General;

BARBARA BABOCK, of Palo Alto, Calif., to be an Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division;

BENJAMIN R. CILILETT, of Baltimore, Md., to be an Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division;

DREW S. DAYS III, of New York, N.Y., to be an Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division; and

PATRICIA M. WALD, of Chevy Chase, Md., to be an Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs.

Wade McCree is currently U.S. Circuit Judge for the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. He was born July 3, 1920, and is a graduate of Fisk University and Harvard Law School. He practiced law in Detroit from 1948 to 1952 and from 1952 to 1954, served as Workmen's Compensation Commissioner for Michigan. He was a Judge of the 3rd Judicial Circuit of Michigan from 1954 to 1961. From 1961 to 1966, McCree was U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan, and in 1966, he became U.S. Circuit Judge for the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Barbara Babcock is presently an associate professor at Stanford Law School. She was born July 6, 1938, and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Yale Law School. In 1963 she served as a law clerk to Judge Edgerton of the U.S. Court of Appeals. From 1964 to 1966, she was an attorney in the law firm of Edward Bennett Williams and from 1966 to 1968, she was a staff attorney for the District of Columbia Legal Aid Agency. Babcock was director of the District of Columbia Public Defender Service from 1968 until 1972, when she joined the faculty at Stanford Law School.

Ben Civiletti is an attorney in the firm of Venable, Baetjer & Howard. He was born July 17, 1935, and holds an A.B. degree from Johns Hopkins and an LL.B. from University of Maryland. He was admitted to the Maryland Bar in 1961, and served as a law clerk to Judge Chestnut, U.S. District for Maryland. From 1962 to 1964, Civiletti served as an assistant U.S. attorney, and in 1964 he joined Venable, Baetjer & Howard.

Drew Days III is an attorney with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. He was born August 29, 1941, and is a graduate of Hamilton College and Yale Law School. In 1966 and 1967, he was a member of the Chicago firm of Cotton, Watt, Jones, King and Bowlus. From 1967 to 1969, he served in the Peace Corps. Days became an attorney for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund in 1969. In 1973 he became a law professor at Temple Law School, and in 1975 he returned to the NAACP.

Patricia Wald is director of litigation for the Mental Health Law Project. She was born September 16, 1928, and is a graduate of Connecticut College and Yale Law School. From 1965 to 1966, she was a member of the President's Commission on Crime in the District of Columbia. She was a staff attorney for Neighborhood Legal Services from 1968 to 1970, and codirector of the Ford Foundation Drug Abuse Project in 1970 and 1971. In 1971 Wald served as an attorney for the Center for Law and Social Policy. In 1972 she was an attorney for the Committee for Legal Rights of the Mentally Impaired. In 1973 she became director of litigation for the Mental Health Law Project.

Jimmy Carter, Department of Justice Nomination of Five Persons Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/243770