Sarah Vance

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Sarah Vance
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
Title:   Chief Judge
Position:   Seat #5
Station:   New Orleans, LA
Service:
Appointed by:   Bill Clinton
Active:   09/29/1994 - Present
Chief:   2008 - Present
Preceded by:   Henry Mentz
Personal History
Born:   1950
Hometown:   Donaldsonville, LA
Undergraduate:   Louisiana State U., B.A., 1971
Law School:   Tulane Law School, J.D., 1978

Sarah S. Vance is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. She joined the court in 1994 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton. Vance has been the Chief Judge of the court since 2008.

Early life and education

Born in Donaldsonville, Louisiana, Vance graduated from Louisiana State University with her bachelor's degree in 1971 and later obtained her J.D. from Tulane Law School in 1978.[1]

Professional career

Vance was in private practice in the State of Louisiana from 1978 to 1994.[1]

Judicial career

Eastern District of Louisiana

On the recommendation of Louisiana U.S. Senators John Breaux and Bennett Johnston, Vance was nominated to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana by President Bill Clinton on June 8, 1994, to a seat vacated by Henry Mentz. Vance was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on September 28, 1994 and received commission on September 29, 1994. She began serving as chief judge for the court in 2008.[1][2]

Notable cases

Road home thief case (2009)

     United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana (USA v. Dowl, 2:08-cr-00164-SSV-SS)

Judge Vance presided in the case of Barbara Simmons Dowl, who was caught for her role in the collecting Road Home funds. Dowl was convicted in June of 2009 of theft, making false statements, and wire fraud. Judge Vance sentenced Dowl to nearly six years in prison on October 7, 2009, one more year than the federal sentencing minimum, citing the emotional distress of victims for the additional time.[3]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Henry Mentz
Eastern District of Louisiana
1994–Current
Seat #5
Succeeded by:
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