Canton Repository

January 3, 2002

Canton native nominated for trade court

By PAUL M. KRAWZAK
Copley Washington correspondent

WASHINGTON — President Bush has nominated Canton native Timothy C. Stanceu to serve on a federal court that decides disputes over imports and other trade matters.

If approved by the Senate, Stanceu would fill a vacancy on the nine-judge U.S. Court of International Trade in New York.

“I’m very honored to be nominated, and I do intend to serve for life,” said Stanceu, 50. Appointments to the court are for life, as with other federal judgeships.

Stanceu practices trade and customs law in Washington, D.C., where he is a partner in the Hogan & Hartson law firm.
He served as deputy director of the office of trade and tariff affairs in the U.S. Department of Treasury from 1986 to
1989.

The trade court presides over disputes involving the payment of duties on imports, including anti-dumping and countervailing duties that are designed to punish unfair trade in the steel and other industries.

Last August, for example, the court ruled on a case brought by The Timken Co. The Canton-based bearings maker challenged a decision by the U.S. Commerce Department on bearings imported from China. The court sent the case back to the Commerce Department with instructions to “correct clerical errors” and make several other changes in its decision.

Stanceu, who lives in the Washington suburb of Arlington, Va., earlier worked as a special assistant in the office of enforcement and operations for Treasury. He also served as an analyst and environmental protection specialist in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

A Republican, he contributed $1,000 to President Bush’s campaign in 1999 and gave $500 to Rep. Philip Crane, R-Ill., in
2000.

He was born in Canton and raised there and in North Canton. His mother, Mitzi Mewhinney, lives in North Canton. His
brother, Jim, lives in Fairlawn.

Stanceu earned his law degree from Georgetown University after receiving a bachelor’s degree from Colgate University.
He graduated from Hoover High School in North Canton after attending North Canton Junior High School and Mason
School in Canton.

Like many nominees facing Senate confirmation, Stanceu is reluctant to speak freely until the Senate has acted. The
Senate is awaiting a background check and other information it needs to consider Stanceu’s appointment.

Former Illinois congressman Robert Michel, who served as Republican minority leader from 1983 to 1994, commended his
selection.

“From what I’ve observed of Tim, he’d make a first-class judge on that court because he knows the subject well and has that kind of judicial temperament,” Michel said.

Michel got to know Stanceu after Michel retired from Congress, when he was hired by Hogan & Hartson as a senior adviser for corporate and governmental affairs.

Stanceu is likable, he wants to know all the facts, and he is not “ideologically wedded to a point of view,” Michel said.