U.S. Attorney to give 2013 SULC commencement address, May 11 - Wednesday, May 1, 2013
U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley of the Western District of Louisiana will
deliver the 2013 Commencement address for Southern University Law
Center at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 11, 2013, in the F.G. Clark Activity
Center on the Southern University Baton Rouge campus.
One hundred and seventy-three graduates are expected to receive the juris doctor degree this spring.
1991 cum laude graduate of the Law Center, Finley was appointed by
President Barack Obama on January 20, 2010, to serve as the top federal
law enforcement official in the Western District of Louisiana. She was
confirmed by the United States Senate on May 28, 2010, and took the oath
of office on June 2, 2010, as the first woman appointed U.S. Attorney
in the State of Louisiana.
Finley is responsible for overseeing
all federal criminal prosecutions including terrorism, public
corruption, child exploitation, firearms, narcotics, environmental
crimes, civil rights, and white-collar crime among other criminal
activity in 42 of the 64 parishes in the state. She is also charged with
defending the United States in civil cases and collecting debts owed to
the United States.
Prior to her appointment, she served as the
senior litigation counsel and the acting deputy chief in the Lafayette
office and as an assistant U.S. attorney in the criminal divisions of
the Shreveport and Lafayette offices of the Western District. While in
both offices, she prosecuted cases involving white-collar crimes,
violent crimes, environmental crimes, drug trafficking, public
corruption, and tax evasion.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder
also has appointed Finley to serve as a member of the Attorney General
Advisory Committee (AGAC). This body, consisting of 18 United States
Attorneys from around the country, is responsible for advising the
Attorney General on a broad array of Department of Justice policy
issues. In addition to serving on the Attorney General's Advisory
Committee, Finley serves on a number of subcommittees under the AGAC.
She also served as a special assistant United States attorney in the
Western District in 1991-1992 and in the District of South Carolina in
Before joining the U.S. Attorney's Office, Finley was
on active duty with the United States Air Force, stationed at England
Air Force Base in Louisiana and Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina.
She is currently a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserves,
where she is an assistant staff judge advocate. She has recently been
assigned to the 8th Air Force. Previously, she was assigned to the 2nd
Bomb Wing at Barksdale Air Force Base, where she served as a hearing
officer for criminal cases and administrative discharge boards.
She also is the recipient of various service medals including Accommodation and Meritorious Service medals.
Attorney Finley is a magna cum laude graduate of Grambling State
University, where she earned a BA in political science and was selected
as one of the nation's distinguished graduates of the Reserve Officer
Training Corps. While attending SULC, she served as the editor-in-chief
of the Southern University Law Review.
more information on the 2013 SULC Commencement, please contact
associate vice chancellor for records and enrollment management, Elaine
S. Simmons, (225) 771-5340.