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WASHINGTON D.C. - U.S. Senators Mark Pryor and John Boozman today applauded the confirmation of Judge James “Jay” Maxwell Moody, Jr. to serve as United States District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Arkansas. His nomination was confirmed by a vote of 95-4.

“Arkansas only has eight U.S. District Judges, and we’ve been waiting months now for two outstanding, and non-controversial, candidates to be confirmed. I’m pleased my colleagues have finally allowed Judge Moody’s confirmation to go through,” Pryor said. “As I’ve said from the beginning of this process, Judge Moody not only meets, but exceeds the qualities we want in our judges. He’s well-qualified, he’s fair and impartial, and he has the proper judicial temperament. I’m confident he will serve our state with distinction.”

“Judge Moody’s legal career demonstrates his pursuit of justice. I believe his experience makes him a great fit for U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Arkansas and I am confident that he will continue to pursue the interest of the law during his service on the bench,” Boozman said.

Background on Judge Moody

Judge Moody currently serves as Circuit Judge for the Third Division of the Sixth Judicial District of Arkansas, a position he has held since 2003. He previously served as a partner at Wright, Lindsey & Jennings LLP in Little Rock and as an adjunct professor at the University Of Arkansas Bowen School Of Law. He is a member of the Arkansas and Pulaski County Bar Associations and a graduate of the National Judicial College General Jurisdiction and National Institute of Trial Advocacy. Moody was voted Pulaski County Judge of the Year in 2004, 2008, 2009, and 2011. He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas and his J.D. from the University Of Arkansas Bowen School Of Law.

In July 2013, Moody was nominated by President Barack Obama to succeed Judge Susan Webber Wright as U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Arkansas. His nomination was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee in November 2013 and again in January 2014.