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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
October 4, 2001

President Bush to Nominate Two Individuals to Serve in his Administration

President George W. Bush today announced his intention to nominate two individuals to serve in his administration.

The President intends to nominate R. Alex Acosta to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board for the remainder of a five-year term expiring August 27, 2003.  He is currently Deputy Attorney General in the Office of Civil Rights at the Department of Justice.  In 1997, Acosta founded the Project on the Judiciary, which he directed until joining the Department of Justice.  From 1995 to 1997, he was an Associate with Kirkland and Ellis in Washington, D.C. where he participated in labor and employment litigation.    Acosta received both an undergraduate and law degrees from Harvard University.

The President intends to nominate Richard S. Williams to be Alternate Representative of the United States of America for Special Political Affairs to the United Nations with the rank of Ambassador.  Williamson is a Partner with the Chicago law firm of Mayer, Brown and Platt.   His foreign policy experience includes service as Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations from 1988 to 1989, U.S. Ambassador representing the U.S. at the United Nations Office in Vienna, Austria, from 1983 to 1985, and delegate to the U. N. Human Rights Commission in 1987, 1988 and 1989.   Williams currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Foreign Policy Research Institute and the United Nations Association. He has authored five books and over 100 articles for a variety of periodicals.  Williamson is a graduate of Princeton University and the University of Virginia Law School.

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