Grambling, La – United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley, alumna of Grambling State University (B.A. ’88) is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the university’s fall commencement. The commencement exercise will take place on Friday, December 16, 2011 at the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center at 10:00 a.m. The graduation reception will be held at the McCall Dining Hall following the commencement ceremony.
Ms. Finley, a Lafayette attorney, was selected by President Barack Obama in January of 2010, and confirmed by the United States Senate in June 2010, to serve as the United States Attorney for the Western District of Louisiana. She was sworn in on June 2, 2010. As the U.S. Attorney, she is the chief law enforcement officer for 42 of the 64 parishes in the state and is charged with the prosecution of criminal cases brought by the Federal Government and the prosecution and defense of civil cases in which the United States is a party.
Ms. Finley is the first woman in the state of Louisiana appointed as a U.S. Attorney. Prior to her appointment, she served as the Senior Litigation Counsel for the district as well as the Deputy Criminal Chief for the Lafayette Office. In her 15 years with the Department of Justice, Ms. Finley has prosecuted cases involving white collar crimes, violent crimes, environmental crimes, drug trafficking, public corruption and tax evasion. She was also responsible for the training and mentoring program in the district. Ms. Finley has recently been appointed to serve on Attorney General Eric Holder’s Advisory Committee along with a number of other subcommittees.
She also serves as a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force. As a Judge Advocate in the Air Force, she was previously assigned to the 2nd Bomb Wing Judge Advocate General’s Office at Barksdale Air Force Base and is currently assigned to the 8th Air Force, also located at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana. Her duties include serving as a hearing officer for criminal cases and administrative discharge boards. She provides legal assistance services for active duty, reservists and dependants of the military as well as working in the areas of contract and labor law and military justice. Prior to being assigned to Barksdale AFB, Ms. Finley served four years on active duty at England Air Force Base and Shaw Air Force Base.
Ms. Finley is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Grambling State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and was selected as one of the nation’s Distinguished Graduates of the Reserve Officer Training Corps. She is a Cum Laude graduate of Southern University Law Center where she received her Juris Doctorate in 1991 and was the Editor in Chief of the Law Review.
Ms. Finley has been recognized for her longstanding dedication and commitment to the community and was honored as a 2006 “Top 20 Under 40” recipient, one of Lafayette’s “Women Who Mean Business,” and honored by the National Association of University Women as a 2010 “Person of Excellence.” She previously served as the Criminal Bar Examiner for the Louisiana Bar and is a frequent youth conference lecturer on the local and state level, sharing with young adults and students the perils of drug involvement.
Photo: Honorable Stephanie A. Finley
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