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Philadelphia, Wilmington Have Never Had a Woman US Attorney; That Must Change, Observers Say

The Legal Intelligencer

It’s been almost 44 years since the first woman U.S. attorney was appointed, and Philadelphia and Wilmington, Delaware, the two largest cities in their respective states, have yet to catch up.

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Blank Rome criminal defense attorney Joseph Poluka, a former U.S. attorney candidate himself four years ago and a former federal prosecutor, said this about the process: “It likely varies by state, because there’s different senators in every state. But, generally speaking, there’s an initial application followed by a lengthy vetting process.”

As for a woman being U.S. attorney, Poluka, like Lefeber and Moskow-Schnoll, said there were plenty of candidates to choose from.

“There are a lot of great candidates and now is as good a time as any to give one of those candidates a chance and maybe bring some fresh perspectives to the office,” Poluka said.

He added, “The white-collar bar is full of talented candidates who have the ability, competence and credibility to step into that top job and lead that office. I know because I’ve worked with them on both sides.”

“Philadelphia, Wilmington Have Never Had a Woman US Attorney; That Must Change, Observers Say,” by P.J. D'Annunzio was published in The Legal Intelligencer on March 12, 2021.

This article also appears on the front page of the March 15, 2021, print version of The Legal Intelligencer.