Two Sooners Nominated to Federal Court Seats

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President Clinton has nominated two Oklahomans to seats on federal courts, including one whose confirmation would make state history.

Vicki Miles-LaGrange presently serves as U.S. attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma. Miles-LaGrange was nominated for a seat on the U.S. District Court in that same district.

She served in the Oklahoma State Senate from 1987 to 1993 and was an assistant district attorney in Oklahoma County for three years prior to her legislative service.

If confirmed, Miles-LaGrange would be the first black person ever to be named to the a U.S. District judgeship in Oklahoma, Sen. David Boren, D-Okla., said in a news release from Washington.

Sven E. Holmes, a partner in the Washington, D.C., firm of Williams Connolly, was nominated for a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma.

Holmes grew up in Bartlesville and began his legal career in Oklahoma. He joined the Tulsa law firm of Doerner, Stuart, Saunders, Daniel and Anderson in 1981.

He served from 1987 to 1989 as general counsel for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence which Boren headed from 1987 to 1993. . . J. Edward Barth of Oklahoma City received the Oklahoma Bar Association's Lawyer of the Month Award for August. The award was presented at the Sept. 16 meeting of the OBA Board of Governors in Stillwater.

The monthly award recognizes members of the legal profession who epitomize the highest ideals of integrity, learning, competence and public service in their communities.

Barth, a graduate of Yale University and the University of Michigan Law School, is with Andrews Davis Legg Bixler Milsten Price. . . A former associate warden at the Federal Correctional Institution in El Reno has returned to the facility as its chief executive officer.

Ronald G. Thompson took over earlier this month, replacing Warden Thomas R. Kindt. Kindt was named chief executive officer of the Federal Transfer Center that will be opening in Oklahoma City.

Thompson served at the El Reno facility as associate warden in 1986-1987. He most recently had been senior deputy regional director of the Federal Bureau of Prison's South Central Regional Office in Dallas.

He has been with the prisons for 20 years in a variety of roles. . . Oklahoma City University's Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice is offering the annual "International Systems of Justice" field course in London on Jan. 1-9.

The seminar will be directed by Howard Kurtz, director of OCU's sociology and criminal justice programs. …