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Friday, April 5, 2013

Two Assistant US Attorneys Receive Women In The Law Awards

Madison, Wis. - John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced today that Western District of Wisconsin Assistant U.S. Attorneys Laura Przybylinski Finn and Rita M. Rumbelow have been named recipients of the Wisconsin Law Journal's 2013 Women In The Law Award. Przybylinski Finn and Rumbelow will be honored at a banquet on June 25, 2013, sponsored by the Wisconsin Law Journal, at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee.

Przybylinski Finn joined the United States Attorney's Office in 1994 after graduating from the University of Wisconsin Law School. In 2006, AUSA Przybylinski Finn was named by the United States Attorney to be the Western District's first Project Safe Childhood coordinator, a position which she still holds. PSC is a Department of Justice program coordinating federal, state, and local resources to combat child exploitation. In October 2010, she became the first woman to be named Chief of the office's Criminal Division. In addition to prosecuting violent domestic abusers and those who manufacture, distribute and possess child pornography, AUSA Przybylinski Finn is nationally recognized and conducts PSC training for prosecutors from all over the United States at the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, S.C. She also leads this office's community outreach, helping educate parents on the dangers of online sexual predators.

Rumbelow graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1987 and became a Special Agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. After four years investigating and arresting individuals violating federal firearms laws, including drug traffickers and gang members, Rumbelow returned to Wisconsin to attend the University of Wisconsin Law School. After graduation, she joined this U.S. Attorney's Office in 1994. In 2001, Rumbelow was named by the United States Attorney to be this office's Project Safe Neighborhoods Coordinator. PSN is a nationwide Department of Justice initiative aiming to reduce gun and gang crime. With her background as a former ATF agent, Rumbelow has been exceptional in this position. She prosecutes violent gun crimes, reviews firearms cases for possible federal prosecution by this office, and coordinates statewide training for law enforcement in firearms laws.

In announcing these awards, United States Attorney Vaudreuil stated, "I have known both Laura Przybylinski Finn and Rita Rumbelow since their days as outstanding law students at the University of Wisconsin, and both are now national leaders in their respective areas. As the United States Attorney, I have seen them grow into exceptional lawyers and teachers, and also national role models and mentors for new female Assistant United States Attorneys."

Updated July 14, 2015