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Justice James E. Graves, Jr. Receives Approval From Judiciary Committee For U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

This morning the Senate Judiciary Committee approved Justice James E. Graves, Jr.’s nomination , en banc, to the United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit.  It is expected that Graves nomination, and several others, will now move quickly to the U.S. Senate floor.

Mississippi Supreme Court Justice James Graves Scheduled For Judicial Re-Nomination Vote

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.

Senate Judiciary Committee Scheduled To Consider Justice James Graves Nomination on Thursday

On Thursday, November 18, 2010, the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on the nomination of Mississippi Supreme Court Justice James Graves to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.  In previous posts, I discussed the Committee hearing on Justice Graves’ nomination.

 

Complaint and Jury Form From Baker & McKenzie Case

Philip Thomas and Law 360.com have posted links to the complaint and jury form.  They are available here.

U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing For Justice James E. Graves, Jr. Scheduled for September 29, 2010

In June, I wrote about the nomination of Mississippi Supreme Court Justice James E. Graves, Jr. to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a hearing on his nomination for September 29, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) in Room 226 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.   The proceedings may be viewed via webcast from the Committee’s Website.

On a related note, one of my fellow bloggers, Will Bardwell,  revealed last week that a relatively conservative website called The Volokh Conspiracy published a post criticizing Justice Grave’s votes in three Mississippi judicial misconduct cases.  The Volokh article implied that the distinction between Judge Graves’ vote in two of the cases, which involved white judges, versus the other case, which involved a black judge,  may have racial overtones.  The post on Will Bardwell’s blog contains a good discussion and analysis of the timing  of the Volokh article, the questioned votes and the explanation behind the votes.  Another friend and fellow blogger, Tom Freeland  (NMissCommentor), has also posted a detailed discussion about the matter. 

I won’t rehash the debate in this post because the above referenced posts do a fine job of discussing the matter.  However, I have known Justice Graves long enough to say that I don’t believe his votes were motivated by race and I don’t believe that he will allow any decision he makes as a member of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to be based upon race.   I suspect Justice Graves will confirm this at the confirmation hearing and I hope the Committee will accept his explanation and proceed to send his nomination to the  Senate Floor for confirmation.

Charles E. Griffin Elected To Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel

Charles E. Griffin

Charles E. Griffin of Griffin & Associates in Jackson, Mississippi, has been honored with membership in the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC) an international organization founded in 1936 to further the principles of knowledge, justice and fellowship in connection with professionals involved with the defense of civil litigation.
 
FDCC membership is by invitation only following a peer review selection process. The FDCC has approximately 1,400 members including lawyers in private practice, corporate counsel, risk managers and insurance claims executives from the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

American Law Institute Annual Meeting Was a Memorable Experience

A brief word with Justice Breyer during the meeting.

Despite my busy workload of late, I took time to attend the 2010 annual meeting of the American Law Institute (ALI)  in Washington, D.C. earlier this week.  I was elected to the Institute in March and new members are encouraged to begin participating immediately. 

I attended enough sessions and official events to leave the annual meeting with a healthy degree of respect for the work of the Institute and the commitment of its members.  This meeting included formal receptions, lunches and dinners but it was also filled with serious deliberative sessions.  The professional standing of the individual participants and the magnitude of some of the discussions was very impressive.  At one or more sessions, Judges from the U.S. Supreme Court, the various Circuit Courts, District Courts and various state courts were present.   The academic legal community was well representated and expert practitioners were also present.  Finally, lawyers from several countries around the world were also present.

The purpose of the deliberative sessions was to review the state of current law in various areas and adopt proposed changes to the Restatements of the Law or Principles of Law in those areas.  The work performed at our sessions will eventually be included in publications which will become part of the legal collections of the United States Supreme Court law library, many law school libraries, state law libraries, law firm libraries and other law libraries around the world.

The Institute in session.

New members were warmly welcomed into the Institute.  There was a formal dinner for new members to meet more experienced members.  Throughout the meeting, new members were identified by a special mark on their badges.  As a new member, I was frequently approached by existing members who introduced themselves and welcomed me to the Institute.  They shared past experiences and offered tips on making the most of ALI membership.  The ALI staff members were equally accessible and helpful.  Many offered suggestions regarding how I could make my membership professionally and personally rewarding.  The Institute accomplished a lot during the meeting.  I look forward to working with ALI  in the future.