James Earl Graves Jr.

Personal

Birthday: 
1953
Birthplace: 
Hinds County, MS
Race or Ethnicity: 
African American
Gender: 
Male
Prior Employment: 

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

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

Education

Name of School: 
Millsaps College
Degree: 
B.A.
Degree Year: 
1975
Name of School - Second: 

Syracuse University College of Law

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Degree - Second: 
J.D.
Degree Year - Second: 
1980
Name of School - Third: 
Syracuse University
Degree - Third: 
M.P.A.
Degree Year - Third: 
1981

Judicial Career

Court Name: 
U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Court Name: 

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

President Nominating: 
Barack Obama
Party Affiliation of President: 
Democratic
Commission Date: 
2/15/2011
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