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Wilkins Tapped for Appeals Court Seat

June 3, 1986

WASHINGTON (AP) _ President Reagan plans to nominate U.S. District Judge William W. Wilkins Jr. to the federal appeals court bench for the 4th Circuit, the White House announced Monday.

A statement said Wilkins, 44, of Greenville, S.C., would succeed Emory M. Sneedon. Reagan named Wilkins to the federal bench shortly after he took office in 1981. Wilkins had been solicitor in South Carolina’s 13th Judicial Circuit and had been a county solicitor before that.

He is a former aide to Sen. Strom Thurmond, R-S.C., and served as a law clerk to Judge Clement F. Haynesworth of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The White House said Reagan would name Karen LeCraft Henderson, an attorney with the Columbia firm of Sinkler Gibbs & Simons, to succeed Wilkins on the District Court bench.

Mrs. Henderson, 41, a native of Oberlin, Ohio, and graduate of the University of North Carolina law school at Chapel Hill, worked several years in the South Carolina attorney general’s office before returning to private practice in 1983.

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