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Keefe becomes the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Florida

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LAWRENCE KEEFE swearing in

Lawrence Keefe recently took the oath of office to become the United States attorney for the Northern District of Florida.

Chief United States District Judge Mark E. Walker presided over the ceremony. Three of U.S. Attorney Keefe’s longtime friends, mentors, and colleagues also participated, including Phillip S. Dingle, who gave the invocation, J. Rex Farrior III, who led the Pledge of Allegiance, and Benjamin H. Hill III, who hired Keefe after he graduated law school.

U.S. Attorney Keefe gave a special message to each group present at the investiture about his core beliefs of hard work, integrity, and treating everyone with respect, no matter their station in life. He quoted from Sir Winston Churchill: “To each there comes in their lifetime a special moment when they are figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique to them and fitted to their talents. What a tragedy if that moment finds them unprepared or unqualified for that which could have been their finest hour.”

As the 41st U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Florida, U.S. Attorney Keefe is the top-ranking federal law enforcement official in the district, which includes Florida’s 23 panhandle counties, from Escambia in the west to Alachua in the east. The district has offices in Pensacola, Panama City, Tallahassee, and Gainesville.