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Joyce White Vance served as the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama during the administration of President Barack Obama.  In addition to serving as the chief federal law enforcement officer in North Alabama, overseeing all federal criminal investigations and civil cases, she chaired the Attorney General's Advisory Committee Criminal Practice Subcommittee and was a member of the Civil Rights and Cyber subcommittees, which made policy and advised two Attorney Generals on those critical topics.  

In addition to the traditional role of a U.S. Attorney in enforcing criminal and civil laws of the United States, Joyce developed community partnerships and strategies for crime prevention and reducing recidivism among people returning to the community from prison. She was honored with the UAB School of Public Health's Lou Wooster Public Health Hero awards for her efforts to create a broadly based response to the heroin and opiate addiction epidemic. Joyce also focused on civil rights, successfully challenging Alabama's anti-immigration bill, HB56, and opening the first statewide investigation in a prison system, addressing violence, sexual violence, and overcrowded conditions in Alabama's male prisons.  Joyce stepped down from that position in January 2017, after 25 years of service in the office, including stints as a criminal prosecutor, an appellate prosecutor, and as chief of the appellate division. Prior to public service, Joyce worked as a litigator in private practice in both Washington, D.C. and Birmingham, Alabama.

Joyce is a graduate of Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, and the University of Virginia School of Law. She is a graduate of Leadership Birmingham and a member of Temple Emanu-El.

She lives in the City of BIrmingham with her husband, Bob, a Jefferson County Circuit Judge.  They have four children, Robert, Teddy, Ellie and Oliver.

Why have you decided to serve as an inaugural Torchbearer for the JLB?
Domestic violence and sexual abuse are at the heart of so many of the problems children and adults face in our community.  Providing a safe and effective space for to help victims deal with the many different issues they face as a result of their situation is  critical to their future success.  I'm excited about the Junior League's approach to supporting and expanding One Place, an organization with DOJ and other start up grant funding, by engaging torchbearers from across the community, to build awareness of these issues and help victims and their families reclaim their lives.  I'm honored to have the opportunity to serve as a Torchbearer.    

What/who inspires you to be a Light in our community?
I'm constantly  inspired by my children and their friends.  The next generation is smart and committed to the future.  They see the value of inclusivity and social justice.  Whether it is involvement  in groups like Youth Leadership Birmingham and GSA or their efforts to end bullying, I'm moved by their engagement and inspired to doing what I can to help our community so that they can take the next steps that are important to them.            


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