James Graves

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James Graves
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Court Information:
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Title:   Judge
Appointed by:   Barack Obama
Active:   2/14/2011-Present
Preceded by:   Rhesa Barksdale
Past post:   Mississippi Supreme Court
Past term:   11/1/2001-2/14/2011
Personal History
Born:   1953
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.[1][2]


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.[2][3]

Professional career

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.[2]

Judicial career

Fifth Circuit

Nomination Tracker
 Candidate:James Graves
 Court:Fifth Circuit
 Progress:Confirmed 249 days after nomination.
ApprovedAABA Rating:Qualified

In June 2010, Graves was nominated by President Obama for the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to replace Judge Rhesa Barksdale.[4] In a statement, Obama said, "Throughout his career, James E. Graves has shown unwavering integrity and an outstanding commitment to public service."[5]

Graves was unanimously rated Qualified by the American Bar Association. Graves' hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee was on September 29, 2010.[6] You can find his hearing transcript here.[7] He was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee via a voice vote on December 1, 2010.[8][9]

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.[10]

Mississippi Supreme Court

Before serving on the federal court, Graves was a justice on the Mississippi Supreme Court. Prior to his appointment, he was a judge on the 7th District Circuit Court, from 1991 to 2001.[2]

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[2]

See also

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Political offices
Preceded by:
Rhesa Barksdale
Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
Succeeded by:

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