James Jones

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James Jones
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #3
Station:   Abingdon, VA
Service:
Appointed by:   Bill Clinton
Active:   08/01/1996 - Present
Chief:   2004 - 2010
Preceded by:   James Michael
Personal History
Born:   1940
Hometown:   Tampa, FL
Undergraduate:   Duke, A.B., 1962
Law School:   University of Virginia School of Law, LL.B., 1965

James Jones is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia. He joined the court in 1996 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton.

Early life and education

Born in Tampa, Florida, Jones graduated with a bachelor's degree from Duke University in 1962. Jones then received his Juris Doctor degree in 1965 from the University of Virginia School of Law.[1]

Professional career

Jones was an Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Virginia from 1965 to 1966 in the Virginia Attorney General's Office primarily representing the State in criminal appeals.[1] In 1966, Jones was a law clerk in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, VA for former Appeals Judge Clement Haynsworth and served in that capacity until 1968.[1] Jones entered private practice in Abingdon, VA from 1968 to 1983.

In 1983, Jones was elected a State Senator for the Virginia State Senate. While in the Virginia Senate, Jones served on the Committee for Courts of Justice and the Virginia Code Commission.[1]

In 1990, Jones was appointed by Governor Douglas Miller to the Virginia State Board of Education and served as the Board’s President from 1992 until 1996.[1]

Judicial career

Western District of Virginia

On the recommendation of Virginia U.S. Senator Chuck Robb, Jones was nominated to the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia by President Bill Clinton on December 12, 1995 to a seat vacated by James Michael as Michael assumed senior status. Jones was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 18, 1996 and received commission on August 1, 1996. Jones has been the Court's Chief Justice since 2004.[2]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
James Michael
Western District of Virginia
1996–Current
Seat #3
Succeeded by:
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