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                                                                                                     May 21, 2002

                                                                                                     Contact: Tom Haederle



White House Counsel to Speak at Law School Commencement


Alberto Gonzales, counsel to the president of the United States, will address graduates of Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law during its commencement ceremony at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 25, inside the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.


Gonzales was appointed as White House counsel in January 2001 and is the first Hispanic-American to be named to the position. Prior to joining the White House, Gonzales sat on the Supreme Court of Texas and served as the 100th secretary of state of Texas. Gonzales also served as general counsel to Governor Bush for three years and before joining the Governor’s staff, was partner with the law firm of Vinson & Elkins in Houston.


Gonzales was born in San Antonio and raised in Houston. He is a graduate of Texas public schools, Rice University and Harvard Law School. Gonzales is an Air Force veteran and attended the United States Air Force Academy.


There will be a tape-delayed webcast of the Gonzales address and the commencement ceremony available beginning at 4 p.m., May 25, 2002.  It can be viewed at http://digitalmedia.cua.edu/law/






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