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Statement of U.S. Attorney Jacqueline C. Romero on the Passing of JoAnne A. Epps

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

On behalf of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, I want to express how deeply saddened we are by the death of JoAnne A. Epps, Acting Temple University President. Acting President Epps is fondly remembered as a former Assistant U.S. Attorney from 1980 to 1985. She was an icon in the legal community, dedicating her life to public service, the rule of law, experiential legal education, equity and diversity in the profession, and the advancement of civil rights. She was tireless and passionate about the issues she held dear. We deeply mourn her passing and send our heartfelt condolences to her family in this difficult time.

On a personal note, JoAnne was a mentor and confidante. Today I mourn with countless women who had the pleasure of Joanne’s wise advice, mentorship, and counsel over the years. I am simply devastated by her passing. 

Updated September 19, 2023