E. Grady Jolly
E. Grady Jolly
|Senior Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit|
|Assumed office |
October 3, 2017
|Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit|
July 30, 1982 – October 3, 2017
|Appointed by||Ronald Reagan|
|Preceded by||James P. Coleman|
E. Grady Jolly
October 3, 1937
|Education||University of Mississippi (B.A.)|
University of Mississippi Law School (LL.B.)
E. Grady Jolly (born October 3, 1937) is a Senior United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. His chambers are in Jackson, Mississippi.
Jolly was nominated by President Ronald Reagan on July 1, 1982, to a seat vacated by James Plemon Coleman. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on July 27, 1982, and received commission on July 30, 1982.
Education and career
Jolly was born in Louisville, Mississippi. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Mississippi in 1959 and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Mississippi Law School in 1962. He was a trial attorney for the National Labor Relations Board in Winston-Salem, North Carolina from 1962 to 1964, an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Mississippi from 1964 to 1967, and a lawyer for the Tax Division of the United States Department of Justice from 1967 to 1969. In 1969 he entered private practice in Jackson, Mississippi.
Federal judicial service
Jolly was nominated by President Ronald Reagan on July 1, 1982, to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, to a seat vacated by Judge James P. Coleman. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on July 27, 1982, and received commission on July 30, 1982. Jolly assumed senior status on October 3, 2017.
Despite sometimes voting with liberals, Jolly is considered to be conservative overall.
In July 1986, Jolly wrote the opinion for a unanimous three-judge panel that held Louisiana's law requiring schools to teach creationism alongside evolution was an unconstitutional violation of the Establishment Clause. The decision was affirmed by the Supreme Court in Edwards v. Aguillard.
On March 27, 2014, Jolly voted with the majority to deny an en banc rehearing of a Texas abortion law. The Supreme Court would overturn the 5th circuit in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt. His vote was in contrast with his decision 4 months later.
In July 2014, Jolly wrote the 2–1 majority opinion in Jackson Women's Health Organization v. Currier, which allowed Mississippi's sole abortion clinic to remain open. Jolly stated that a state law which would have shut down the clinic because its doctors were unable to obtain privileges at a local hospital would have violated Mississippi women's rights to seek abortions within their state's borders.
- "Jolly, E. Grady - Federal Judicial Center". www.fjc.gov.
- "v. Edwards, 765 F. 2d 1251 - Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit 1985".
- "Edwards v. Aguillard, 482 US 578 - Supreme Court 1987".
- Robertson, Campbell; Eckholm, Erik. "Judges Block Abortion Curb in Mississippi". www.nytimes.com. New York Times. Retrieved July 30, 2014.
- E. Grady Jolly at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
James P. Coleman
| Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit