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Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit

James is a Circuit Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, a territory that includes Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas. Writing opinions on up to 200 cases per year, James walks us through the process of a typical appeal, from reviewing briefs with his clerks and hearing oral arguments to discussing the case with the other two Circuit Judges and finally writing his opinion.

Salary & Industry Outlook:
Occupational Outlook Handbook, ONET

Major: Sociology (Bachelor), Public Administration (Masters), Juris Doctor (Doctorate)

College: Millsaps College, Syracuse University College of Law (JD/MPA)

City: Jackson

State: Mississippi