Joyce White Vance

Former Chief, Appellate Division, US Attorney's Office, Northern District of Alabama at United States Department of Justice

Joyce White Vance

Joyce White Vance

Former Chief, Appellate Division, US Attorney's Office, Northern District of Alabama at United States Department of Justice

Biography

United States Attorney Joyce White Vance is the top-ranking federal law enforcement official in the Northern District of Alabama. She was one of the first five U.S. Attorneys nominated by President Barack Obama. Vance was confirmed by the Senate on August 7, 2009. The District she serves includes 31 counties and almost three million people, approximately 60% of Alabama’s population. Vance oversees a staff of 105 employees, including 51 attorneys and 58 non-attorney support personnel, with offices in Birmingham and Huntsville.

As U.S. Attorney, Vance directs the prosecution of federal crimes, the defense of the United States in civil cases, and the collection of debts owed to the United States.

Ms. Vance’s priorities for the District include terrorism and national security, financial fraud and public corruption, violent crime, and protecting vulnerable members of the community in areas including child exploitation and civil rights.

The Office continues to aggressively pursue returning funds to the public through asset forfeiture, criminal restitution and fines, and other financial litigation. Those collections, during Vance's tenure to date, have exceeded the Office's budget.

Vance was appointed to a two-year term on the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee in December of 2009, where she helped to craft Justice Department policy. She co-chairs the AGAC’s Criminal Practice Subcommittee and serves on the Management and Budget, Civil Rights, and Environmental Law Subcommittees.

Vance started in the U.S. Attorney’s office in July of 1991 as an Assistant U.S. Attorney with the Criminal Division. She served as trial counsel in cases involving civil rights violations, drug trafficking, financial fraud, and violent crime. In 2001, she moved to the Office’s Appellate Division. She became the Chief of that Division in 2004, supervising the Office’s criminal and civil appellate work and arguing frequently before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Before coming to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Vance was a civil litigator in private practice in Washington, D.C. and Birmingham, Alabama.

Vance is a graduate of Bates College in Lewiston, Maine and the University of Virginia School of Law. She is married to Alabama Circuit Judge Robert S. Vance, Jr. They have four children.

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Joyce White Vance
Former Chief, Appellate Division, US Attorney's Office, Northern District of Alabama at United States Department of Justice
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Founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819, the University of Virginia School of Law is a world-renowned training ground for distinguished lawyers and public servants. Consistently ranked among the top law schools in the nation, Virginia has educated generations of lawyers, instilling in them a commitment to leadership, integrity and community service. Virginia is justly famous for its collegial environment that bonds students and faculty, and student satisfaction is consistently cited as among the highest in American law schools. At Virginia, law students share their experiences in a cooperative spirit, both in and out of the classroom, and build a network that lasts well beyond their three years here. With more than 20,000 students and a faculty of more than 2,100, the University of Virginia has been ranked first or second among the nation's public universities since 1984. The University's diverse intellectual life is open to law students: Up to 12 credits from other departments may be counted toward the J.D. degree.

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Bates College is a private liberal arts college located in Lewiston, Maine, in the United States. The college was founded in 1855 by abolitionists. Bates College is one of the first colleges in the United States to be coeducational from establishment, and is also the oldest continuously operating coeducational institution in New England. Originally a Free Will Baptist institution, Bates is now a nonsectarian institution

Career History
Chief, Appellate Division, US Attorney's Office, Northern District of Alabama
Prior - 2017

The Department of Justice enforces the law and defends the interests of the United States according to the law; ensures public safety against threats foreign and domestic; provides federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; seeks just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior; and ensures fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.

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