March/April 2014
New Judge for E.D. of Arkansas: James M. Moody, Jr.

On February 25, the U.S. Senate confirmed James “Jay” Maxwell Moody, Jr. (left), to serve as U.S. District
Court Judge for the Eastern District of Arkansas by a vote of 95-4. He takes the place of Judge Susan Webber Wright, who took senior status in August 2013. His father, Judge James M. Moody, Sr. (right), who was serving as a senior judge for the district at the time, retired a few days before his son was confirmed.

Judge Moody received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas
in 1986 and his law degree from the University of Arkansas Bowen School of Law in 1989. He began his legal career in private practice at the firm of Wright, Lindsey & Jennings in Little Rock. He was also an adjunct professor at Bowen School of Law.

He is a 1991 graduate of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and a 2003 graduate of the National Judicial College in General Jurisdiction. In 2003 he was elected to the position of Circuit Judge for Pulaski County, where he has served until this appointment to the federal bench. During his time as a circuit judge he was voted the judge of the year in 2004, 2008, 2009, and 2011.

Welcome, Judge Moody!