New U.S. Attorney makes introduction

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Joyce White Vance says she looks forward to prosecuting cases vigorously and fairly. She says it is just one of her goals of the new U.S. Attorney for the northern district of Alabama. Vance was one of the first nominees chosen by President Barack Obama. On Monday, she spoke with reporters and introduced herself to the public.

Vance needs no introduction to the U.S. attorney's office though.  She has worked there for the last 18 years, spending her most recent time in the Appellate division.  As for where she hopes to take the office of the U.S. Attorney in the next four years, Vance says she and those under her will work to ensure the northern safe place to live and raise children and that cases are prosecuted with competency and integrity.

She has recused herself from working on the federal fraud trial of Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford, saying she knows lobbyist Al LaPierre, who is a co-defendant in the case.  However, she did make a point to address the issue of public corruption in the northern district. "I've had a lot of questions asked of me and seen comments on line and on blogs questioning if this office will continue to prosecute public corruption cases. And the answer is...absolutely," Vance said.  "We are absolutely committed to prosecuting public corruption in this area as well as others in our jurisdiction."

Vance is the mother of four children and is married to Jefferson County circuit judge Robert Vance, Jr.  Robert Vance, Sr. was her father-in-law and a well known federal judge in Alabama. Vance says he was one of her biggest heroes.  Ironically, she will be sworn in in the building that bears her father-in-law's name.  That ceremony will be held August 27th in the Vance Courthouse.  Vance says U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is scheduled to attend.