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New... 03JUDGE. You're covering South Carolina news for The Associated Press (AP) news service in Washington. Write a new lead for this White House news release for a *South Carolina* audience. Work in single space to see more of your work on screen.

Prepare the two "5 W's" outlines after the release. One features the president making an announcement and one focuses on a *South Carolina* person being nominated. (The nomination will need to approved by the Senate before an appointment can be made.)

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
December 22, 2009

President Obama Nominates Judge J. Michelle Childs
to the District Court Bench for the District of South Carolina

WASHINGTON, DC President Obama today nominated Judge J. Michelle Childs to the District Court bench for the District of South Carolina. Childs currently sits on the South Carolina Circuit Court.

Throughout their careers, Michelle Childs and Richard Gergel have displayed exceptional integrity and an unwavering commitment to justice, President Obama said. They will be esteemed additions to the federal bench for the people of South Carolina. I am grateful for their dedication to public service.

Judge J. Michelle Childs currently sits on the South Carolina Circuit Court, the states trial court of general jurisdiction. She serves as the Chief Administrative Judge for General Sessions, the states Criminal Court, and a Chief Administrative Judge for the states Business Court. Judge Childs has served as an Acting Justice for the South Carolina Supreme Court. Prior to taking the bench in 2006, she was a Commissioner with the South Carolina Workers Compensation Commission from 2002 to 2006, and was Deputy Director, Division of Labor of the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation from 2000 to 2002. She has also been in private practice. Judge Childs is a member of the House of Delegates for the American Bar Association and serves on the Standing Committee on Constitution and By-Laws.

She is formerly President of the South Carolina Bars Young Lawyers Division, and currently serves on the South Carolina Bars House of Delegates. Judge Childs received her B.S. from the University of South Florida in 1988, her J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law and her Masters in Personnel and Employment Relations from the University of South Carolina School of Business in 1991.

 

SOUTH CAROLINA JUDICIAL DEPARTMENT
Judge J. Michelle Childs

Judge J. Michelle Childs was born in Detroit, Michigan, on March 24, 1966. Her parents are Shandra Y. Childs and Ralph B. Childs (deceased).

She graduated from Columbia High School in 1984. She holds a B.S. degree in Management from the University of South Florida (1984), an M.A. degree in Personnel and Employment Relations from the University of South Carolina Moore School of Business (1991), and a J.D. degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law (1991). She was admitted to the South Carolina Bar in 1992. She is also admitted to practice before the state and federal courts of South Carolina, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.

Upon graduation, she worked with Nexsen Pruet Jacobs & Pollard, LLP, in the areas of labor and employment law, domestic relations, and general litigation. She became a partner in 2000. Shortly thereafter, in June of 2000, she was appointed as a Deputy Director for the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulations Division of Labor. In 2002, she was appointed as a Commissioner with the South Carolina Workers Compensation Commission.

She has been very active with local, state, and national bar organizations, and community organizations: The American Bar Association (Fellow, 2001-present; House of Delegates, 2006-present; Commissioner, Commission on Mental and Physical Disabilities, 2003-06; Chair, YLD Minorities in the Profession Committee, 2001-02); South Carolina Bar (Board of Governors, 2002-04; President, Young Lawyers Division, 2001-02; Chair, Employment and Labor Law Section, 2000-01; Judicial Qualifications Committee, 1996; House of Delegates, 1996-00, 2002-present); South Carolina Women Lawyers Association, (Board of Directors, 1999-01); Midlands Regional Authority for Conventions and Tourism (Board of Directors, 2000-06); Columbia Urban League (Board Member, 2000-06); John Belton ONeall Inn of Court (Chair, 2002-03); South Carolina Industry Liaison Group (President, 2000); Richland County Bar Association (Board of Directors, Public Defenders Office, 1997-2000); South Carolina Black Lawyers Association (Secretary, 1995); Columbia Lawyers Association (President, 1994).

She has received numerous awards, including the University of South Carolinas Compleat Lawyer Award, Silver Medallion (1997); Richland County Bar Associations Civic Star Award (1999); American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Star of the Quarter Award (1999); University of South Carolina Outstanding Alumni Award (2000); Columbia Urban League SHEROES Award (2002); National Bar Association Junius W. Williams Young Lawyers Division Award (2002); AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell (2002); American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Affiliate Leader Award (2002); the University of South Carolina Moore School of Business Outstanding Young Alumni Award (2005); John M. McFadden Benjamin E. Mays Leadership Academy Award (2005). She was also recently named by The State newspaper in Columbia, SC as one of the Top 20 under 40 successful persons in South Carolina.

She is married to Dr. Floyd L. Angus.

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03judge
[INSERT DATE HERE]
[YOUR NAME GOES HERE]

I. WHO? President Obama
II. WHAT?
III. WHERE? [in Washingon; answer will be put in the city ID before the sentence]
IV. WHEN? today
V. WHY? [the normal reason]
VI. HOW? [the normal way]

I. WHO?
II. WHAT? was
III. WHERE?
IV. WHEN? today
V. WHY? a U..S. district judge for SC
VI. HOW?

Which matters more to your *South Carolina* reader? Pick that outline and write a single-sentence S-V-O lead, less than 30 words, less than two and a half lines working in *12-point* type. [Change to 12 points if necessary.] You may cut and paste from the news release to your work.

[1. Put a tab here] WASHINGTON (AP) -- [XX]

[2. Keep the CITY, the news service {The Associated Press (AP)} and the dash with spaces.]
[3. Pick one outline, the one with local interest. Block and copy that outline at the [XX] above.]
[4. Remove the Roman numerals, the 5 W's and the line breaks.]
[5. Remove all bracketed instructions.]

Now check your lead paragraph for clarity. Is it just one sentence? less than 30 words?

Next, add a three-line second paragraph starting with the word "Childs." Mention a few important things about her. Add another three-line paragraph. Did you include her most interesting homor? What about her husband? her age? Then add sort-of-centered ### endmarks [see the sample at the end of this exercise]. To make a clean copy, delete all the material above the row of asterisks, and then the asterisks too.

To make this story appear as it would in a newspaper, first *save* as 03judge, then block the *single-spaced* text, and change the type font to Times New Roman 9 point. Block the text, click on "format" and "paragraph" to change the justification to "full" (both left and right). Block the text, click on "file" and "page setup" to change the left and right margins both to 3 inches. If this lead paragraph is too long (more that eight lines), shorten the sentence.

*Save* this "newspaper" version for yourself (click on "save as" and add N for newspaper version, saving as 03judgeN). Delete these paragraphs of instructions, and delete any excess material above the storyname and date.

Print and submit in the newspaper column format.

Later, after seeing comments, re-open your file and "save as" 03judgeN2. Revise and resumbit.

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