Nomination of Nine Members of the Board of Directors of the State Justice Institute
July 11, 1986
The President today announced his intention to nominate the following individuals to be members of the Board of Directors of the State Justice Institute. These are new positions:
For terms of 2 years, from the date of the first meeting of the Board:
Lawrence H. Cooke, of New York. Mr. Cooke is currently senior cousel (litigation) with Hall, Dickler, Lawler, Kent and Friedman in New York. Previously, he was associate justice, New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Department, 1969 - 1974; and associate judge, then chief judge, New York Court of Appeals, 1974 - 1984. Mr. Cooke graduated from Georgetown University (B.S., 1935) and Albany Law School (LL.B., 1938). He is married and has three children. Mr. Cooke was born October 15, 1914, in Monticello, NY.
John F. Daffron, Jr., of Virginia. Mr. Daffron is currently chief judge, 12th Judicial Circuit, Chesterfield Circuit Court. Previously, he was U.S. Magistrate, Eastern District of Virginia, 1970 - 1973; and judge, General District Court, 1973 - 1981. He graduated from the University of Richmond (B.A., 1961; LL.B., 1964). Mr. Daffron is married and has four children. He was born January 25, 1939, in Richmond, VA.
Daniel John Meador, of Virginia. Mr. Meador is currently a James Monroe Professor of Law at the University of Virginia Law School. Previously he was Assistant Attorney General, Office for Improvement in the Administration of Justice, Department of Justice, 1977 - 1979. Mr. Meador graduated from Auburn University (B.S., 1949), University of Alabama (J.D., 1951), and Harvard University (LL.M., 1954). He is married and has three children. Mr. Meador was born December 7, 1926, in Selma, AL.
Rodney Alton Peeples, of South Carolina. Mr. Peeples is currently a resident judge with the Second Judicial Circuit of the South Carolina Judicial Court. Previously he was a State trial judge and practiced law with the firm of Blatt, Fales and Peeples, 1964 - 1974. Mr. Peeples graduated from the University of South Carolina (B.S., 1961; J.D., 1964). He is married and has two children. Mr. Peeples was born January 8, 1940, in Hampton, SC.
Clement Clay Torbert, Jr., of Alabama. Judge Torbert is currently the chief justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama. Previously he was a municipal judge in Opelika, AL. Judge Torbert graduated from Auburn University (B.S., 1951) and the University of Alabama (LL.B., 1954). He is married and has three children. Judge Torbert was born August 31, 1929, in Opelika, AL.
For terms of 3 years, from the date of the first meeting of the Board:
James Duke Cameron, of Arizona. Judge Cameron is currently a justice on the Arizona Supreme Court. Previously he was the chief justice, 1975 - 1980. He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley (A.B., 1950), the University of Arizona (J.D., 1954), and the University of Virginia (LL.M., 1982). Judge Cameron was born March 25, 1925, in Richmond, CA.
Janice L. Gradwohl, of Nebraska. Judge Gradwohl is the presiding judge of the county court of Nebraska. Previously she was a judge of the municipal court in Lincoln. Judge Gradwohl graduated from the University of Nebraska (B.A., 1951; LL.B., 1954). She is married and has three children. Judge Gradwohl was born May 4, 1929, in Norfolk, NE.
Sandra Ann O'Connor, of Maryland. Mrs. O'Connor is a State's Attorney, Baltimore County. Previously she was an Assistant State's Attorney in Baltimore City. She graduated from Indiana University (B.S., 1964; J.D., 1966). Mrs. O'Connor is married and has two children. She was born February 4, 1943, in Louisiville, KY.
Larry P. Polansky, of Virginia. Mr. Polansky is executive officer of the District of Columbia Courts. Previously he was Deputy State Court Administrator of Pennsylvania, 1976 - 1978. Mr. Polansky graduated from Temple University (B.S., 1958; J.D., 1973). He is married and was born July 24, 1932, in Brooklyn, NY.