Stephanie 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.
Ms. 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 amongst 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.
Ms. Finley is the first woman to be appointed U.S. Attorney in the State of Louisiana. Prior to her appointment, she served as the Senior Litigation Counsel and the Acting Deputy Chief in the Lafayette office and as an Assistant United States 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. Attorney General Eric Holder also has appointed Ms. Finley to serve as a member of the Attorney General Advisory Committee (AGAC). This body, consisting of eighteen 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, Ms. Finley serves on a number of subcommittees under the AGAC. Ms. Finley also served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Western District in 1991-1992 and in the District of South Carolina in 1992-1995.
Before joining the U.S. Attorney's Office, Ms. 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 United States 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 provided legal assistance services for active duty, reservists and dependants of the military as well as working in the areas of contracts, environmental, and military justice and is the recipient of various service medals including Accommodation and Meritorious Service Medals.
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 served as the Editor in Chief of the law review, earning her Juris Doctorate in 1991.