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Arthur L. Schechter
Ambassador to The Bahamas
schecht photoArthur Louis Schechter was sworn in by Vice President Al Gore on September 11, 1998, as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. He presented his credentials to Governor General Orville Turnquest on October 29. President Clinton nominated Mr. Schechter on April 28, 1998; the United States Senate confirmed the nomination on July 31.

Ambassador Schechter was born December 6, 1939, in Rosenberg, Texas. He received the B.A. degree (1962) and the LL.B. and J.D. degrees (1962-64) from the University of Texas, Austin. He completed postgraduate work at the University of Houston, 1964-65, and was admitted to the Texas bar in 1964. Mr. Schechter has a distinguished legal background, and is licensed to practice in all Texas Courts; the United States Supreme Court, where he argued a case successfully in 1979; the United States Circuit Court for the Fifth, Eleventh, and Fourth Circuits; and the United States District Courts for the Southern, Northern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas.

In 1976, Mr. Schechter became the President and owner of Arthur Schechter, P.C., (currently Schechter and Marshall, L. L. P.), with offices in Houston and Galveston, Texas. Arthur Schechter has a long history of committed, diverse and broad-based community service and charitable involvement that span the state of Texas and our nation. Mr. Schechter has served on numerous boards, including the Board of Directors of the William A. Lawson Institute for Peace and Prosperity (Rev. Lawson is a preeminent African American clergyman and civic leader in Texas); S.E.A.R.C.H. (Service to the Homeless); the Institute of International Education (southern region); the Southwest Region, Anti-Defamation League; the Mickey Leland Kibbutz Foundation; and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Council (appointed by President Clinton in 1994).

He is the recipient of the National American Jewish Committee's Human Relations Award (1996), the Jewish Chataqua Society's Benefactor Award (1995), the "Love Award" from Children's Advocates of Harris County (1994), and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People President's Award (1992). Mr. Schechter's civic involvement includes chairing the Texas Finance Committee to re-elect Clinton/Gore (1996), chairing the Child Advocates of Houston, and the American Leadership Forum Dinner. He is a founding member of the Theater Under the Stars and the Youth Symphony Board. Arthur Schechter is listed in Who's Who in America; Who's Who in Houston; Who's Who in Texas; Who's Who in the South and Southwest; Who's Who in American Law; and Who's Who in Society. His foreign language is Spanish.

Ambassador Schechter is married to Joyce Proler Schechter. They have two children, Leslie Schechter Karpas and Jennifer Schechter Rosen, and two grandchildren.

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