The Higher Education of Louisiana’s First Female U.S. Attorney

Stephanie A. Finley is the first woman to serve as a U.S. attorney in the state of Louisiana. She has served for the past 15 years as a federal prosecutor in the western district of Louisiana.

Finley lost her father when she was 9 years old. Her mother raised five children on her own. All five graduated from college and today are successful professionals. Stephanie Finley graduated from Grambling State University in 1988 and the Southern University Law Center in 1991. She began her legal career as a judge advocate in the United States Air Force. She is currently a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force Reserve.