Grambling grad appointed to Western District judge seat

U.S. Sen. Mary L. Landrieu welcomed President Barack Obama’s announcement that he nominated Stephanie Finley as U.S. Attorney for Louisiana’s Western District. Senator Landrieu recommended Finley for the post last July.For the last 18 years, Stephanie Finley has practiced law in federal arena as a Judge Advocate and an Assistant U.S. Attorney.

She is currently senior litigation counsel for the Criminal Division U.S. Attorney’s Office in Lafayette, where she previously served as acting Deputy Chief.

“I am honored that President Obama has selected me to serve the people of the Western District of Louisiana as the U.S. Attorney,” said Finley.

“Working for the Department as a prosecutor for the last 14 years has been an extraordinary experience.”

“I now look forward to leading this dedicated group of men and women in their tireless pursuit of justice. I am grateful to Senator Landrieu for her support throughout this process.”

Finley earned her bachelor’s degree at Grambling State University and her law degree from Southern University.

A 1988 graduate of GSU, Finley has been an assistant U.S. Attorney in the Western district since 1995.

Before that, she was an assistant staff judge advocate in the U.S. Air Force. The Pineville native earned her law degree in 1991 from Southern University Law Center.

Finley is now the third of Senator Landrieu’s recommendations to be nominated as U.S. Marshal in the President Obama.
Lt. Col. Genny May was nominated as U.S. Marshal in the Eastern District and Brian Jackson has been nominated as federal judge for Louisiana’s Middle District.

However, Louisiana Senator David Vitter continues to hold up each of these nominations citing concerns over the re-nominations of U.S. Attorney Jim Letten of the Eastern District.

On numerous occasions Sen. Landrieu noted that U.S. Attorneys do not need to be re-nominated by the President or re-confirmed by the Senate to continue serving in their current capacity.