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Key Administration Posts – April 15, 2013 – Rachel Elise Barkow, Judge Charles R. Breyer, Thomas Murray

Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key Administration posts:


  • Rachel Elise Barkow – Commissioner, United States Sentencing Commission
  • Judge Charles R. Breyer – Commissioner, United States Sentencing Commission


The President also announced his intent to appoint the following individual to a key Administration post:


  • Thomas Murray Member, Cultural Property Advisory Committee


President Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key Administration posts:


Rachel Elise Barkow, Nominee for Commissioner, United States Sentencing Commission

Rachel Elise Barkow is the Segal Family Professor of Regulatory Law and Policy at the New York University School of Law, where she focuses her teaching and research interests on criminal and administrative law.  She also serves as the Faculty Director of the Center on the Administration of Criminal Law at the law school.  Ms. Barkow has been a member of the faculty at the New York University School of Law since 2002 and was the Beneficial Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School in Fall 2008.  Previously, she worked at the law firm of Kellogg Huber Hansen Todd Evans & Figel, PLLC, in Washington, D.C., from 1998 to 2002.  Ms. Barkow began her legal career by clerking for the Honorable Antonin Scalia of the Supreme Court of the United States, from 1997 to 1998, and for the Honorable Laurence H. Silberman of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, from 1996 to 1997.  She received her J.D. magna cum laude in 1996 from Harvard Law School, where she won the Sears Prize, and her B.A. with distinction in 1993 from Northwestern University.


Judge Charles R. Breyer, Nominee for Commissioner, United States Sentencing Commission

Judge Charles R. Breyer currently serves as a United States District Judge in the Northern District of California, a position he has held since 1998.  Previously, he worked at the law firm now known as Coblenz, Patch, Duffy & Bass LLP from 1974 to 1997, with a brief stint as Chief Assistant District Attorney for San Francisco in 1979.  From 1973 to 1974, Judge Breyer spent a year working as an Assistant Special Prosecutor on the Watergate Special Prosecution Force.  He also served as an Assistant District Attorney in San Francisco from 1967 to 1973.  Judge Breyer began his legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Oliver J. Carter of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.  He received his J.D. in 1966 from the University of California at Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law and his B.A. cum laude in 1963 from Harvard College.


 President Obama announced his intent to appoint the following individual to a key Administration post:

Thomas Murray, Appointee for Member, Cultural Property Advisory Committee

Thomas Murray is an expert in Indonesian sculpture and textiles and the founder of Thomas Murray Asiatica-Ethnographica, a private gallery of tribal, Asian and textile art in Mill Valley, California.  In addition, he is a contributing editor of HALI, a quarterly international art magazine focused on antique carpets and textiles, and serves as their editorial consultant on ethnographic textiles.  Mr. Murray frequently lectures on textiles and has been published extensively on the subject in the United States and abroad.  Works of art from his collection have been placed in more than 30 museums on four continents.  Mr. Murray is past President of the Antique Tribal Art Dealers Association.


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At age 6, Susan was destined to be a journalist and photographer.  In 1980, Susan founded Bainbridge News and The Bainbridge Chronicle Newspaper. Bainbridge News specializes in Military and National Politics, including Military Funerals and Burials and Political Funerals and Burials.  Susan has covered the White House, the Pentagon and Capitol Hill. She has covered every president from Ronald Reagan to Barack Obama. Recognized for her versatility, Susan has also covered finance, crime, civil rights events, marches, sports, musical events and more. In 1990, she established Bainbridge Photography, an On-Location photography company. In addition to military and political events, including Military and Political funerals and burials, Bainbridge Photography expanded into covering ALL funerals and burials, receptions, weddings, real estate, inventory, insurance, portrait, head shot, pets, fire and Hazmat.  Miss Bainbridge believes in going the extra mile. "My Clients always come first." In 1980, Susan began her career in Washington, D.C., working for WMZQ Radio as a reporter and guest hostess from 1980 to 1985. Intrigued by radio, Susan wanted to write, freelancing for radio, television and print newspapers, including AP, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The Northern Virginia Sun, The Press-Republican and The Bainbridge Chronicle (established by Susan Bainbridge). In 1986, Susan worked at WDCA-TV Channel 20 as a guest hostess for "Eye On Washington." From 1990 to 1994, Susan reported and anchored for "The Arlington Weekly News." Additionally, she produced a segment for the G. Gordon Liddy Radio Show. A prolific writer, while in high school in 1977, Bainbridge wrote an episode for NBC's "Little House on The Prairie" entitled "Laura's Best Friend." Though the show's producers did not use the script then, NBC producers encouraged Susan to pursue a writing and journalism career. Susan is a member of the National Press Club, the National Press Photographer's Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. Susan Bainbridge's recognitions include from former Presidents Ronald Reagan, George Herbert Walker Bush and Bill Clinton, former First Lady Nancy Reagan, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, the late actor Lorne Greene, among many others. BAINBRIDGE NEWS was founded in 1980 by Susan Bainbridge (a sixth generation writer), a third generation journalist, a first generation photographer and a fourth generation entrepreneur. She is the first generation to establish a news business. Bainbridge News is dedicated in honor of Miss Bainbridge's late grandfather and idol, Mark S. Watson (The Baltimore Sun editor and war correspondent from 1920 to his death in 1966).

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