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For Immediate Release

President Obama Nominates Three to Serve on the United States District Court

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Barack Obama nominated Pedro A. Delgado Hernández, Judge Bruce Howe Hendricks and Judge Alison Renee Lee for District Court judgeships.

"These individuals have demonstrated the talent, expertise, and fair-mindedness Americans expect and deserve from their judicial system," said President Obama.  "I am grateful for their willingness to serve and confident that they will apply the law with the utmost impartiality and integrity."

Pedro A. Delgado Hernández:  Nominee for the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico
Pedro A. Delgado Hernández has been a partner at the law firm of O’Neill & Borges LLC since 1996, where he handles civil litigation in both state and federal court.  From 1995 to 1996, he served as a judge on the Puerto Rico Court of Appeals and, from 1993 to 1995, he served as Solicitor General of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.  Delgado previously worked at O’Neill & Borges from 1986 to 1993.  He began his legal career as a law clerk with the Puerto Rico Institute of Judicial Studies and then as a law clerk to the Honorable Juan Torruella, first on the United States District Court and then on the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.  Delgado received his J.D. magna cum laude in 1983 from the University of Puerto Rico School of Law and his B.S. in 1979 from the University of Puerto Rico.

Judge Bruce Howe Hendricks:  Nominee for the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina
Judge Bruce Howe Hendricks has served as a United States Magistrate Judge in the District of South Carolina for more than a decade, first in Greenville from 2002 to 2010 and in Charleston since 2010.  As part of her duties as a Magistrate Judge, she presided over the first drug court program in the District of South Carolina.  Previously, from 1991 to 2002, she served as an Assistant United States Attorney in Charleston, where she prosecuted a wide array of criminal cases before both the United States District Court in South Carolina and on appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.  Judge Hendricks received her J.D. in 1990 from the University of South Carolina School of Law and her B.S. in 1983 from the College of Charleston. 

Judge Alison Renee Lee:  Nominee for the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina
Judge Alison Renee Lee serves as a circuit judge in South Carolina’s Fifth Judicial Circuit.  In that role, she presides over both criminal and civil trials and handles appeals in municipal, magistrate, and zoning cases.  From 1994 to 1999, Judge Lee served as an administrative law judge in South Carolina.  From 1989 to 1994, she worked as a staff counsel for the South Carolina Legislative Council, and from 1984 to 1989, Judge Lee practiced civil litigation with the McNair Law Firm.  She began her legal career by serving as a law clerk for the Honorable C. Tolbert Goolsby, Jr., on the South Carolina Court of Appeals from 1983 to 1984 and for the Honorable Israel M. Augustine, Jr., on the Louisiana Court of Appeal, Fourth Circuit from 1982 to 1983.  Judge Lee received her J.D. in 1982 from Tulane Law School and her B.A. in 1979 from Vassar College