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President Obama Nominates Two to Serve as U.S. Attorneys, 7/28/10

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, President Obama nominated Ripley Eagles Rand and M. Scott Bowen to serve as U.S. Attorneys. 

“I am proud to nominate these outstanding individuals to serve as United States Attorneys,” said President Obama.  “They will be unwavering in their pursuit of justice and I am confident they will serve the people of North Carolina and Michigan with distinction.” 

Ripley Eagles Rand, Nominee for United States Attorney, Middle District of North Carolina
Ripley Rand is a Superior Court Judge for the State of North Carolina, a position he has held since 2002.  Prior to that, Mr. Rand worked as an Assistant District Attorney in the Tenth Prosecutorial District of North Carolina from 1997 to 2002 and in the Twelfth Prosecutorial District in 1997.  From 1996 to 1997, Mr. Rand was a judicial clerk for the Honorable James A. Beaty, Jr., United States District Judge for the Middle District of North Carolina.  Following law school, he was a research assistant for the Honorable Burley B. Mitchell, Jr., Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court, from 1995 to 1996.  Mr. Rand graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1990 and the University of North Carolina School of Law in 1995.

M. Scott Bowen:  Nominee for United States Attorney, Western District of Michigan
Scott Bowen has been the Commissioner of the Michigan State Lottery Bureau since 2008.  From 2007 to 2008, he was the Director the Michigan Office of the State Employer.  Prior to that, Mr. Bowen served as District Judge for the Michigan State District Court for Wyoming, Michigan, from 2003 to 2005.  From 1997 to 2003, he was a City Commissioner for the 3rd Ward of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and from 2001 to 2003, he worked concurrently for the law firm McInerny & Bowen.  Following law school, he worked as an Associate Attorney at Clary, Nantz, Wood, Hoffus, Rankin & Cooper from 1990 to 1994, and as a founding partner of Bowen, Distel & Hayes, P.C., from 1994 to 2001.  Mr. Bowen graduated from Michigan State University in 1987 and the University of Detroit Mercy Law School in 1990.