THE WHITE HOUSE
OFFICE OF PRESS SECRETARY ________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release June 14, 1994
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES GILBERT F. CASELLAS TO CHAIR EEOC
President Clinton today announced his intent to nominate Gilbert F. Casellas as Chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). "Gilbert Casellas' dedication and commitment to providing equal opportunities to all Americans and his skilled ability to build consensus around even the most complex issues make me proud to nominate him to Chair this essential commission," the President said. Mr. Casellas currently serves as the General Counsel to the United States Air Force. The former chair of the National Hispanic Bar Association, he has worked to increase opportunities for women and minorities in the legal profession, and his commitment to increased employment opportunities extends beyond his profession through his community involvement. He was Special Counsel on the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations and served on the Mayor's Commission on Puerto Rican and Latino Affairs. In addition he was appointed Receiver in enforcing judgements for plaintiffs in Title VII cases. Prior to joining the Air Force, he was a Partner in Montgomery, McCracken, Walker and Roads in Philadelphia handling federal, state, trial and appellate litigation. He was also the Personnel Partner and a member of the Management Committee. Mr. Casellas is a member of the Pennsylvania State Bar and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Middle District of Pennsylvania, and the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. An alumnus of Yale University (1974) and the University of Pennsylvania Law School (1977), he clerked for Judge Leon Higginbotham on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. The EEOC has the responsibility to enforce Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and other federal laws that prohibit employment discrimination.