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President Obama Nominates Edward L. Gilmore to Serve as U.S. Marshal

WASHINGTON, DC — President Obama nominated Edward L. Gilmore to serve as U.S. Marshal for the Northern District of Illinois.

“Edward Gilmore has dedicated his career to protecting his fellow citizens,” said President Obama.  “He has displayed courage and persistence in the pursuit of justice, and I am honored to nominate him today to continue his selfless work, as a U.S. Marshal.”

Edward L. Gilmore:  Nominee for the United States Marshal for the Northern District of Illinois

Edward L. Gilmore currently serves as the Chief of Police for the Calumet City Police Department, a position he has held since 2008.  Previously, from 1987 to 2008, he worked at the United States Drug Enforcement Administration in Arlington, Virginia, where he served in a number of managerial roles including Associate Deputy Chief Inspector, Deputy Chief Inspector, and Assistant Special Agent in Charge.  Gilmore began his career as a police officer in the Chicago Police Department from 1977 to 1987, and he served as the Task Force Officer for the FBI Joint Terrorist Task Force from 1984 to 1987.  He received his B.S. from Bradley University in 1977.

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

President Obama nominated Clare E. Connors, Judge Stephanie A. Gallagher, and Mary S. McElroy to serve on the United States District Courts.

“I am honored to put forward these highly qualified candidates for the federal bench,” President Obama said.  “They will be distinguished public servants and valuable additions to the United States District Court.”

Clare E. Connors:  Nominee for the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii

Clare E. Connors has been an attorney at the law firm of Davis Levin Livingston in Honolulu, Hawaii since 2011, where her practice focuses on civil litigation.  From 2004 to 2011, she served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Hawaii.  From 2003 to 2004, she served as a Trial Attorney in the Tax Division of the United States Department of Justice and also served on detail as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia.  Connors began her legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable David Alan Ezra of the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii from 2002 to 2003.  She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2002 and her B.A. cum laude from Yale College in 1996.

Judge Stephanie A. Gallagher:  Nominee for the United States District Court for the District of Maryland

Judge Stephanie A. Gallagher has been a United States Magistrate Judge in the District of Maryland since 2011.  Prior to joining the bench, she was a partner at the law firm of Levin & Gallagher LLC in Baltimore, Maryland from 2008 to 2011.  From 2002 to 2008, Judge Gallagher served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland.  From 1999 to 2001, she worked as an associate at the law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in Washington, D.C.  Judge Gallagher began her legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable J. Frederick Motz of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland from 1997 to 1999.  She received her J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1997 and her B.A. magna cum laude from Georgetown University in 1994.

Mary S. McElroy:  Nominee for the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island

Mary S. McElroy has served as the Public Defender for the Rhode Island Public Defender’s Office since 2012.  Prior to joining the Rhode Island Public Defender’s Office, she served as an Assistant Federal Public Defender for the Federal Public Defender Office for the Districts of Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island from 2006 to 2012.  From 1994 to 2006, she served as an Assistant Rhode Island Public Defender for the Rhode Island Public Defender’s Office.  From 1993 to 1994, she was an associate at the firm of Tate and Elias LLC in Providence, Rhode Island.  McElroy began her legal career by serving as a law clerk to the Honorable Donald F. Shea of the Rhode Island Supreme Court from 1992 to 1993.  McElroy received her J.D. from Suffolk University Law School in 1992 and her B.A. from Providence College in 1987.

Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate

Clare E. Connors, of Hawaii, to be United States District Judge for the District of Hawaii, vice Susan Oki Mollway, retiring.

Stephanie A. Gallagher, of Maryland, to be United States District Judge for the District of Maryland, vice William D. Quarles, Jr., retiring.

Edward L. Gilmore, of Illinois, to be United States Marshal for the Northern District of Illinois for the term of four years, vice Darryl Keith McPherson, term expired.

Mary S. McElroy, of Rhode Island, to be United States District Judge for the District of Rhode Island, vice Mary M. Lisi, retiring.

President Barack Obama announced the appointment of the following individuals to key Administration posts:

  •          Regina Blye – Member, Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Access Board
  •          Christopher Stephen Hart – Member, Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Access Board
  •          Mathew McCollough – Member, Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Access Board
  •          Victor Santiago Pineda – Member, Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Access Board
  •          Karen Tamley – Member, Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Access Board

President Obama said, “I am honored that these talented individuals have decided to serve our country.  They bring their years of experience and expertise to this Administration, and I look forward to working with them.”

President Obama announced the appointment of the following individuals to key Administration posts:

Regina Blye, Appointee for Member, Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Access Board
Regina Blye is the Executive Director of the Texas State Independent Living Council (SILC).  Ms. Blye is a member of several national and statewide boards, including SILC Congress, National Council on Independent Living, Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living, Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Council, Access Empowerment, and the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities.   She has been a member of the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Access Board since 2011.  Ms. Blye received an M.P.A. from the University of Texas and a B.S. from West Texas A&M University.

Christopher Stephen Hart, Appointee for Member, Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Access Board

Christopher Stephen Hart is a consultant specializing in the Americans with Disabilities Act and Universal Design whose principal work is serving as the Technical Advisor for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and Boston’s disability community.  Previously, he was the Director of Urban and Transportation Projects for the Institute for Human Centered Design.  Mr. Hart formerly served as an appointed member of the Governor’s Transportation Advisory Reform Committee in Massachusetts and the National Steering Committee for Project ACTION, a national organization dedicated to promoting universal access to transportation for people with disabilities.  Mr. Hart currently serves as a board member for LivableStreets Alliance, Disability Law Center, and Agassiz Village.  He has been a member of the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Access Board since 2011.  Mr. Hart received a B.A. from the College of Public and Community Service at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

Mathew McCollough, Appointee for Member, Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Access Board

Mathew McCollough is the Executive Director of the District of Columbia Developmental Disabilities Council (DDC), which promotes independence and equal opportunity for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Prior to assuming the current position as the DDC Executive Director, he served as the Communications Manager for the D.C. Office of Disability Rights, the Americans with Disabilities Act compliance office for the District Government.  Previously, he served as a grants manager and trainer with the Association of University Centers on Disabilities and for the National Service Inclusion Project – a training and technical assistance provider that advocates on the behalf of individuals with disabilities to fully participate in service and civic-minded programs within their communities.  He has been a member of the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Access Board since 2011.  Mr. McCollough received his M.P.A. in Public Administration from American University and his B.A. from James Madison University.

Dr. Victor Santiago Pineda, Appointee for Member, Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Access Board

Dr. Victor Santiago Pineda is President of the World Enabled and the Pineda Foundation, positions he has held since founding the organizations in 2003.  Dr. Pineda was the University of California, Berkeley Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Academic Diversity and an Adjunct Professor in City & Regional Planning at University of California, Berkeley, positions he held in 2012.  He was a Senior Research Fellow at the World Institute on Disability in 2011.  Dr. Pineda was a Summer Associate at the Department of the Treasury in 2006, a Researcher at the Institute for Urban and Regional Development in 2005, a Researcher at the University of California, Berkeley Kujacic Endowment in 2004, a member of the Youth Advisory Committee of the National Council on Disability in 2003, and a Principal Investigator with Energenz do Brasil in 2002.  He has received numerous grants and awards, including a National Science Foundation Innovation research grant, a Fulbright-Hays Scholarship, and the AAPD Paul G. Hearne Leadership Award.  Dr. Pineda received a B.A., B.S. and M.C.P. from the University of California, Berkeley and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles

Karen Tamley, Appointee for Member, Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Access Board

Karen Tamley is Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities for the City of Chicago, a position she has held since 2005.  Ms. Tamley co-founded the Disability Rights Action Coalition for Housing, where she served as a National Organizer from 1994 to 2004.  She was Director of Programs at Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago from 1996 to 2005.  Previously, Ms. Tamley was Housing Director at Atlantis Community, Inc. from 1992 to 1996 and an Executive Assistant at the National Disability Action Center from 1990 to 1992.  She is a member of the Executive Committee of Meals on Wheels Chicago, the Board of Directors of Pace Suburban Bus, the National Advisory Panel of the Institute for Human Centered Design, and the Transit Access Advisory Committee of the Regional Transportation Authority.  Ms. Tamley received a B.A. from University of California, Berkeley.

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