Mar 26, 2013 6:56 PM by MELISSA CANONE
LAFAYETTE, La. - United States Attorney for the Western District of Louisiana, Stephanie A. Finley, was recognized on March 22, 2013, at Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority's 81 Regional Conference for her public service as United States Attorney for the Western District of Louisiana. The public service award is presented to citizens for distinguished
service to their community as a part of the organization's commitment to serve mankind.
Alpha Kappa Alpha is an international service organization founded in 1908 as the oldest
Greek-letter sorority established by African-American college-educated women.
U.S. Attorney Finley is a Grambling State University and Southern University Law
Center graduate who was selected by President Barack Obama in January of 2010, after
being recommended by Senator Mary Landrieu and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in June
of 2010, to serve as the United States Attorney for the Western District of Louisiana. She
was sworn into office on June 2, 2010. Ms. Finley is the first woman in the State of
Louisiana appointed as U.S. Attorney. She serves as the chief law enforcement officer for
42 of the 64 parishes in Louisiana and is charged with the prosecution of criminal cases
brought by the Federal Government and the prosecution and defense of civil cases in which
the United States is a party.
Other honorees included Chief Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court, Bernette
Joshua Johnson, State Representative Patricia Haynes Smith, President of Xavier University
of Louisiana, Dr. Norman C. Francis, Executive Director of the Ellis Marsalis Center for
Music, A. Michele Jean-Pierre, Director of Human Resources for the Jefferson Parish School
System, Cynthia M. A. Butler-McIntyre, Founder of Love in Action Outreach, Inc., Gail
Womack-Murray, Oscar nominee Quvenzhane Wallis, Isidore Newman High School Senior
Ashley Adams, Isidore Newman Upper School Ninth Grade Honor Student Princeton
Jerome Carter, and Kid Chef Eliana de Las Casas.