|United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit|
|Appointed by:||Barack Obama|
|Preceded by:||Rhesa Barksdale|
|Past post:||Mississippi Supreme Court|
|Hometown:||Hinds County, MS|
|Undergraduate:||Millsaps College, 1975|
|Law School:||Syracuse University Law, 1980|
|Grad. School:||Syarcuse University, 1981|
James E. Graves, Jr. is a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He was nominated in 2010 and confirmed by the Senate on February 14, 2011.
Graves received his B.A. in Sociology from Millsaps College, his master's of Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public AffairsJ.D. from Syracuse University College of Law.
Earlier in his career, Judge Graves worked in many public service positions, including: staff attorney, Central Mississippi Legal Services; legal counsel, division of the Mississippi Attorney General's Office; Special Assistant Attorney General for the state; and Director of the Division of Child Support Enforcement for the state's Department of Human Services. Graves has been an adjunct professor at Millsaps College, Tougaloo College, and Jackson State University.
|Progress:||Confirmed 249 days after nomination.|
In June 2010, Graves was nominated by President Obama for the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to replace Judge Rhesa Barksdale. In a statement, Obama said, "Throughout his career, James E. Graves has shown unwavering integrity and an outstanding commitment to public service."
Graves was unanimously rated Qualified by the American Bar Association. Graves' hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee was on September 29, 2010. You can find his hearing transcript here. He was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee via a voice vote on December 1, 2010.
Graves's nomination was returned to the President at the end of the 111th congress. President Obama resubmitted the nomination on January 5, 2011. Judge Graves was confirmed by a voice vote of the Senate on February 14, 2011.
Mississippi Supreme Court
Awards and associations
- 2009: Maxwell Public Administration Award, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University
- 2004: Jim Livesay Service Award, Millsaps College
- 2002: Law Related Public Education Award, Mississippi Bar Foundation
- 2002: Humanized Education Award, Mississippi Association of Educators
- 2001: Parent of the Year Award, Jackson Public School District
- 2001: First Alternate, Parent of the Year Award, State of Mississippi
- 2001: Commissioner's Award, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services
- Graves's Public Questionnaire Available Here
- Questions for the Record available here
- Magnolia Report, "Five Questions with Justice James Graves," archived March 6, 2012
- Follow the Money: James Graves
- Muskegon News, "Driver in 2004 car chase, shooting sentenced to prison," June 24, 2008
- The Clarksdale Press Register "Supreme Court justice to speak," May 7, 2008
- Jackson Free Press "The JFP Interview: Justice James Graves," October 21, 2004
- The New York Times, "Nafta Tribunals Stir U.S. Worries," April 18, 2004
- Clarion Ledger.com, "Graves confirmed to 5th Circuit
- James Graves Biography from the Federal Judicial Center, accessed April 23, 2014
- Project Vote Smart, "Presiding Justice James E. Graves, Jr. (MS)," accessed April 23, 2014
- White House Press Release, "Presidential Nomination Sent to the Senate," June 10, 2010
- Clarion Ledger, "Miss. justice tapped for court," June 11, 2010
- Senate Judiciary Committee, "Hearing: September 29, 2010"
- Senate Judiciary Committee, "Judicial Nomination Materials: 111th Congress," accessed April 23, 2014
- WTOK.com, "Graves Nomination Approved by Senate Panel," December 1, 2010
- Senate Judiciary Committee, "Results of Executive Business Meeting," December 1, 2010
- Senate Judiciary Committee, "112th Congress Judicial confirmations," accessed April 23, 2014
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