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James Larry Edmondson

James Edmondson
Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
In office
June 1, 2002 – May 31, 2009
Preceded by Lanier Anderson
Succeeded by Joel Dubina
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
In office
May 7, 1986 – July 15, 2012
Appointed by Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Albert Henderson
Succeeded by Julie Carnes
Personal details
Born (1947-07-14) July 14, 1947
Alma mater Emory University
University of Georgia
University of Virginia

James Larry Edmondson (born July 14, 1947) is a senior United States federal judge.[1]


  • Education and early career 1
  • Federal judicial service 2
  • References 3
  • Sources 4

Education and early career

Born in M.L. in Judicial Process from the University of Virginia in 1990.

Edmondson clerked for the Hon.

Legal offices
Preceded by
Albert Henderson
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
Succeeded by
Julie Carnes
Preceded by
Lanier Anderson
Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
Succeeded by
Joel Dubina


  1. ^ Who's who in the South and Southwest - Google Books. Retrieved on 2013-10-23.
  2. ^ a b [1] Retrieved on December 1, 2008.
  3. ^ Future Judicial Vacancies. Retrieved on 2013-10-23.


Edmondson assumed senior status on July 15, 2012.[3]

In 2000, Edmondson, as part of a 3-judge panel with Judges Joel Fredrick Dubina and Charles R. Wilson, issued the opinion that ultimately led to Elian Gonzalez being sent back to Cuba to be reunited with his father.

On March 26, 1986, Edmondson was nominated by President Ronald Reagan to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. vacated by Albert J. Henderson. Edmondson was confirmed by the United States Senate on April 29, 1986, and received his commission on May 7, 1986. He served as chief judge from 2002 to 2009.

Federal judicial service


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