James Allen Main

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James Allen Main
Court Information:
Alabama Supreme Court
Title:   Justice
Position:   Place 4
Salary:  $160-200k
Appointed by:   Gov. Bob Riley
Active:   2011-2018
Preceded by:   Champ Lyons
Past post:   Judge, Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals
Past term:   5/2009-1/2011
Personal History
Party:   Republican
Undergraduate:   Auburn University
Law School:   University of Alabama
Candidate 2012:
Candidate for:  Supreme Court
State:  Alabama
Election information 2012:
Incumbent:  Yes
Primary date:  March 13, 2012
Election date:  November 6, 2012
Election vote:  98.13%ApprovedA

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.[1][2]


Judge Main earned his undergraduate degree in pharmacy from Auburn University and his Juris Doctor from the University of Alabama.[3]


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.

Main began serving on the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeal in May 2009. On January 14, 2011, Governor Bob Riley appointed Main to the Alabama Supreme Court, a position which he currently serves.[3]

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



In November 2011, Main announced his intention to seek a full term on the Alabama Supreme Court bench in the 2012 judicial elections.[4] He ran unopposed and was re-elected on Nov. 6, 2012.[5]

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.

Political ideology

See also: Political ideology of State Supreme Court Justices

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.[6]

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