|Current Court Information:|
|United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit|
|Appointed by:||Barack Obama|
|Preceded by:||Rhesa Barksdale|
|Past post:||Mississippi Supreme Court|
|Past term:||11/1/2001 - 2/14/2011|
|Home State:||Hinds County, MS|
|Undergraduate:||Millsaps College, B.A., 1975|
|Law School:||Syracuse U. Law, J.D., 1980|
|Grad. School:||Syarcuse U., M.P.A., 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.
Early life and education
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 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
- State of Mississippi Judiciary: James Graves
- Magnolia Report, "Five Questions with Justice James Graves"
- 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
- Official Federal Judicial Center biography of Judge Graves
- Project Vote Smart, Presiding Justice James E. Graves, Jr. (MS)
- State of Mississippi Judiciary, James E. Graves, Jr.
- 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
- Judicial Nomination Materials: 111th Congress
- WTOK.com, "Graves Nomination Approved by Senate Panel," December 1, 2010
- Results of Executive Business Meeting, December 1, 2010
- 212th Congress Judicial confirmations
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