The United States Senate confirmed Mississippi Supreme Court Justice James Graves nomination to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Congratulations, Justice Graves.
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MISSISSIPPI SUPREME COURT JUSTICE JAMES E. GRAVES, JR.’S NOMINATION TO THE U.S. COURT OF APPEALS CONFIRMED BY UNITED STATES SENATE
According to the The Hill’s Floor Action Blog , the U.S. Senate is scheduled to consider Mississippi Supeme Court Justice James E. Graves, Jr.’s nomination to the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday, February 14, 2011 at 4:30 p.m. with a voice vote to follow at 5:30 p.m.
Republican Senator Chuck Grassley delayed a Judiciary Committee vote on Justice James E. Graves, Jr.’s nomination and several others today. Senator Grassley delayed the vote until next week when new mmbers of the committee will be named. Senator Patrick Leahy expressed frustration at the delay on the nominees and called it demeaning. Leahy specifically pointed out that Justice Graves nomination should have gone forward because he has the support of Mississippi’s two Republican Senators and Mississippi’s Republican Governor Haley Barbour. The Washington Times reports Senator Leahy said to Senator Grassley and the other GOP committee members “I’m disappointed. I’ll let you call Governor Barbour and explain why [a vote on Graves nomination] didn’t happen.”
Clearly, the Senators appear to be frustrated with their ability to move forward with Graves and the other judicial nominees. Hopefully, the Committee will move quickly and smoothly next week to approve Justice Graves’ nomination.
I learned from Glenn Sugameli today that Mississippi Supreme Court Justice James E. Graves, Jr. has been placed on the agenda of the Senate Judiciary Committee for a Committee Executive Business Meeting to vote on judicial renominees who had hearings and unanimous committee votes in the last Congress. The Committee is scheduled to vote on Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 10:00 a.m.
For a detailed history regarding Justice Grave’s nomination, please see the nomination’s history here.
The practice of law has changed significantly since I started in 1988. These changes, along with my desire to explore a new platform, resulted in my decision to close my individual law practice and become a member of the Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens & Cannada law firm.
Butler Snow is based in Ridgeland, Mississippi and is recognized as a leading law firm by many publications. Chambers USA – America’s Leading Lawyers for Business describes Butler Snow as having “enormous power and presence” with a team of attorneys who have achieved national prominence because of “sheer, unambiguous quality.” According to Chambers, Butler Snow clients refer to the firm as “well-known for being successful” and it’s attorneys as “real deal-makers.” Chambers also noted Butler Snow’s ability to deliver to the client “the whole package – intelligence, presence and trial experience.” Butler Snow has been named by Best’s Review as one of 69 law firms “Standing the Test of Time.” National Law Journal has listed Butler Snow as one of twenty law firms on its Midsize Hot List for demonstrating creative, innovative strategies, developing practice areas and recruiting top legal talent. Butler Snow is committed to diversity and I look forward to actively participating in it’s efforts to strengthen that commitment for the benefit of its clients, the firm, the legal community and the public.
During my twenty-three-year career, I have worked on hundreds of cases with, and against, attorneys from Butler Snow and I have observed their legal ability first hand. I am pleased to join this talented group.
Today, by unanimous vote, the U.S. Senate Confirmed Carlton Reeves of Jackson, Mississippi as the newest U.S. District Judge in Mississippi. Reeves becomes the second African American U.S. District Judge in Mississippi.
AFRICAN AMERICAN MISSISSIPPI ATTORNEY APPOINTED TO PLAINTIFFS’ STEERING COMMITTEE IN BP OIL SPILL CASE
Mississippi attorney Mike Espy has been appointed as one of the fifteen members of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the BP oil spill case. An Order entered by Hon. Carl J. Barbier on October 8, 2010 in In re Oil Spill by The Oil Rig “Deepwater Horizon” appointed Espy and fourteen others to the committee.
Among other things, a Plaintiffs Steering Committee is responsible for assisting in the coordination of all of the plaintiffs’ cases within a multidistrict litigation (MDL) proceeding. Selection is considered highly competitive and can result in lucrative legal fees.
Mike is a former Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture and a former United States Representative from Mississippi’s Second Congressional District. Espy was the only Mississippi attorney appointed to the steering committee.