James Allen Main
|James Allen Main|
|Alabama Supreme Court|
|Appointed by:||Gov. Bob Riley|
|Preceded by:||Champ Lyons|
|Past post:||Judge, Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals|
|Law School:||University of Alabama|
|Candidate for:||Supreme Court|
|Election information 2012:|
|Primary date:||March 13, 2012|
|Election date:||November 6, 2012|
James Allen "Jim" Main is an associate justice on the Alabama Supreme Court. He was appointed to the court by Governor Bob Riley on January 14, 2011. He was elected in 2012 and his current term expires in 2018.
After his admission to the Alabama State Bar in 1972, Main went in to private law practice in Anniston. He then moved his practice to Montgomery in 1989. He has also served as the city attorney for Oxford, Alabama. Following that position he served as the Lineville city judge. Main also worked as the senior counsel to Governor Bob Riley and chief of staff and legal adviser to Governor Fob James. Additionally, he served as the director of finance for the State of Alabama.
Awards and associations
- Parke Davis Leadership Award
- Bowl of Hygeia Award
- Distinguished Alumnus Award, Auburn University School of Pharmacy
- President’s Award, American Society of Pharmacy and Law
- 1975: Outstanding Young Man of Anniston
- Member, Alabama Bar Association
- Founding fellow, Alabama Law Foundation
- Past president, American Pharmacists Association
- Past chairman, Dean's Counsel for the Auburn School of Pharmacy
- Past member, Alabama Commission on Higher Education
- See also: Alabama judicial elections, 2012
- Main article: Alabama judicial elections, 2010
Main kept his seat on the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals in the 2010 election.
In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan ideology of state supreme court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 are more liberal. Main received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of 0.81, indicating a conservative ideological leaning. This is more conservative than the average CF score of 0.79 that justices received in Alabama. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice, but an academic gauge of various factors.
- Alabama Supreme Court, "Associate Justice James Allen Main"
- Alabama Media Portal, "Governor Riley Appoints Criminal Appeals Court Judge James Allen Main to Supreme Court," January 14, 2011
- AL.com, "Champ Lyons resigns from Alabama Supreme Court; Jim Main named to bench," January 14, 2011
- Alabama Department of Finance, "Governor Riley Appoints Finance Director James Allen Main to Court of Criminal Appeals," May 8, 2009
- Alabama Supreme Court, "Associate Justice James Allen Main," accessed August 22, 2014
- WTVY.com, "Jim Main to Seek Full Term on Alabama Supreme Court," November 10, 2011
- Alabama Secretary of State, "Certified 2012 General Election Results"
- Stanford University, "State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns," October 31, 2012