Local U.S. Attorney nominated for federal judgeship

(The Advertiser)– President Barack Obama has nominated Stephanie Finley to serve as a federal judge in the U.S. District Courts.

(Photo: File photo)
(Photo: File photo)

Finley currently is the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Louisiana, which includes Acadiana. She has been in the post since 2010.

Prior to that, she was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in that office from 1995 to 2010, during which she served as senior litigation counsel and acting deputy criminal chief.

Finley also has served as an assistant staff judge advocate for the U.S. Air Force Reserves since 1995. She began her legal career serving on active duty as an assistant staff judge advocate for the U.S. Air Force.

President Obama’s other nominee is Claude Kelly III, the chief federal defender in the federal public defender’s office for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

“Throughout their careers, these nominees have displayed unwavering commitment to justice and integrity,” President Obama said in a news release. “Their records of public service are distinguished and impressive and I am confident that they will serve the American people well from the United States District Court bench. I am honored to nominate them today.”

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