Obama nominates Moody for federal judgeship


LITTLE ROCK — President Obama on Thursday nominated a Pulaski County circuit judge for a seat on the federal bench.

Obama tabbed Circuit Judge James Maxwell “Jay” Moody Jr. for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas. He was one of six presidential nominees to federal courts around the nation.

“These men and women have had distinguished legal careers and I am honored to ask them to continue their work as judges on the federal bench,” Obama said in a statement released by the White House. “They will serve the American people with integrity and an unwavering commitment to justice.”

Moody has served as a Pulaski County circuit judge since 2003. Before taking the bench, he worked at the law firm of Wright, Lindsey & Jennings LLP, joining the firm as an associate in 1989 and becoming a partner in 1994. While at the Little Rock law firm, he practiced civil litigation in state and federal courts.

He received bachelors’ degrees from the University of Arkansas in 1986 his law degree from the UA in 1989.