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James L. Edmondson

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This page is about the federal judge for the Eleventh Circuit. If you are looking for information on the Oklahoma Supreme Court justice, please see James Edmondson.

James L. Edmondson
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Current Court Information:
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
Title:   Senior Judge
Appointed by:   Ronald Reagan
Active:   5/7/1986-7/15/2012
Chief:   2002-2009
Senior:   7/15/2012-Present
Preceded by:   Albert Henderson
Succeeded by:   Julie Carnes
Personal History
Born:   1947
Hometown:   Jasper, GA
Undergraduate:   Emory University, 1968
Law School:   University of Georgia Law, 1971
Grad. School:   University of Virginia Law, 1990

James Larry Edmondson is a federal judge serving on senior status with the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He joined the court in 1986 after being nominated by President Ronald Reagan. Prior to his appointment, Edmondson was a private practice attorney in Georgia and an instructor at the University of Georgia School of Law. He assumed senior status on July 15, 2012.[1]

Early life and education

Born in Jasper, Georgia, Edmondson graduated from Emory University with his bachelor's degree in 1968 and later from University of Georgia School of Law with his Juris Doctor degree in 1971. Edmonsdon received a Master's of Laws degree in Judicial Process, L.L.M., from the University of Virginia in 1990.[1]

Professional career

Edmondson was a law clerk for the Honorable Sidney Smith of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia from 1971 to 1973 before entering into private practice in the State of Georgia until 1986. Edmondson was an instructor at University of Georgia School of Law from 1975 to 1984.[1]

Judicial career

Eleventh Circuit

Edmondson was nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit by President Ronald Reagan on March 26, 1986 to a seat vacated by Albert Henderson. Edmondson was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on April 29, 1986 on a Senate vote and received commission on May 7, 1986. Edmondson served as the Chief Judge of the Court from 2002 to 2009. He assumed senior status on July 15, 2012.[1]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Albert Henderson
Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
Succeeded by:
Julie Carnes