Northern District U.S. Attorney to Speak at Dec. 6 Annual Meeting

U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance is the scheduled speaker at the BCA/CCAA annual meeting Dec. 6 at the Harbert Center in Birmingham. Vance was nominated in 2009 to serve as the U.S. Attorney for the northern district of Alabama. The U.S. Senate confirmed her nomination on Aug. 7, 2009.

The Partnership’s annual meeting is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Harbert Center, 2019 4th Ave. North. For more information please visit the BCA/CCAA annual meeting event page.

A spokeswoman in Vance’s office said she plans to discuss in general the office practice areas and focus on where the office intersects in a positive way with the business community including prosecuting embezzlers. She also will explain her focus on recidivism and ex-offenders, and the potential to partner with the business community on workforce development in those areas, spokeswoman Peggy Sanford said.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office prosecutes federal crimes, defends the United States in civil cases, and collects debts owed the United States, according to the U.S. Attorney’s website.

Vance is the top-ranking federal law enforcement official in the Northern District of Alabama, which includes 31 counties and almost 3 million people, about 60 percent of Alabama’s population.  Her staff includes 51 attorneys and 58 non-attorney support personnel. The district has offices in Birmingham and Huntsville.

Her stated priorities are dealing with terrorism and national security, financial fraud and public corruption, violent crime, and protecting vulnerable children and minorities, the web site said.

Vance began as an Assistant U.S. Attorney with the Criminal Division in 1991. In 2001, she moved to the Office’s Appellate Division and became chief in 2004, supervising criminal and civil appellate work, and appearing U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.

She was in private practice in Washington, D.C., and Birmingham. A California native, Vance is a 1982 graduate of Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, and a 1985 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law.  She is married to Jefferson County Circuit Judge Robert S. Vance Jr.

-Dana Beyerle