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For Immediate Release

President Obama Nominates Five to Serve as U.S. Attorneys

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Obama nominated Stephanie A. Finley, Robert Booth Goodwin, David J. Hale, Kerry B. Harvey and Loretta E. Lynch to serve as U.S. Attorneys.

“For their intellect, diligence and aggressive pursuit of justice, I have nominated these five outstanding men and women to serve as US Attorneys in their states,” President Obama said.  “They will be distinguished public servants and I am grateful for their willingness to advocate on behalf of their fellow Americans.”

Stephanie A. Finley: Nominee for United States Attorney, Western District of Louisiana
Stephanie Finley is an Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Louisiana, where she has worked since 1995.  Prior to that, Ms. Finley served as an Assistant Staff Judge Advocate in the United States Air Force from 1991 to 1995 and was honorably discharged as a Captain.  She has continued to serve in the United States Air Force Reserves since 1995, attaining the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 2007.  Ms. Finley graduated from Grambling State University in 1988 and Southern University Law Center in 1991.

Robert Booth Goodwin, II: Nominee for United States Attorney, Southern District of West Virginia
R. Booth Goodwin is an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia, where he has worked since 2001.  Prior to that, he was an attorney at Goodwin & Goodwin, LLP from 1996 to 2001. Mr. Goodwin graduated from West Virginia University in 1993, and Washington & Lee University School of Law in 1996.

David J. Hale: Nominee for United States Attorney, Western District of Kentucky
David Hale has been an attorney at Reed Weitkamp Schell & Vice, PLLC, since 1999 and made partner in 2002.  From 1995 to 1999, Mr. Hale served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky.  Prior to that, he was an associate at Brown, Todd, and Heyburn from 1992 to 1994.  Mr. Hale graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1989 and the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1992.

Kerry B. Harvey: Nominee for United States Attorney, Eastern District of Kentucky
Kerry Harvey has been the General Counsel and Acting Inspector General of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services since 2008.  He was a partner in Owen, Harvey, and Carter from 1991 to 2008, Prince, Harvey, Brien & Carter from 1986 to 1991, and Prince & Harvey from 1984 to 1986.  Mr. Harvey worked as the Marshall County, Kentucky, Attorney from 1986 to 1994.  He began his legal career as an associate at Brown, Todd & Heyburn from 1982 to 1984.  Mr. Harvey graduated from Murray State University in 1978, and the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1982.

Loretta E. Lynch: Nominee for United States Attorney, Eastern District of New York
Loretta Lynch is a partner at Hogan & Hartson, LLP, where she has worked since 2001.  From 2002 to 2007, Ms. Lynch worked pro bono as counsel to the prosecutor at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha, Tanzania.  She served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York from 1990 to 1999 and was the United States Attorney for that district from 1999 until 2001.  Prior to that, Ms. Lynch was an associate at Cahill Gordon & Reindel from 1984 to 1990.  Ms. Lynch graduated from Harvard College in 1981 and Harvard Law School in 1984.