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Graves, James Earl, Jr.

Born 1953 in Hinds County, MS

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Nominated by Barack Obama on January 5, 2011, to a seat vacated by Rhesa H. Barksdale. Confirmed by the Senate on February 14, 2011, and received commission on February 15, 2011.

Millsaps College, B.A., 1975
Syracuse University College of Law, J.D., 1980
Syracuse University, M.P.A., 1981

Professional Career:

Staff attorney, Central Mississippi Legal Services, Jackson, Mississippi, 1980-1983
Adjunct professor, Jackson State University, 1980-1997
Private practice, Jackson, Mississippi, 1983-1986
Special assistant attorney general, State of Mississippi, 1986-1990
Director, Division of Child Support Enforcement, Mississippi Department of Human Services, 1990-1991
Judge, Mississippi Circuit Court, Seventh Judicial District, 1991-2001
Justice, Mississippi Supreme Court, 2001-2011; presiding justice, 2009-2011

Other Nominations/Recess Appointments:

Nominated to U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, June 10, 2010; no Senate vote