Arkansas Delegation Cheers Jay Moody's Confirmation to Federal Judgeship

U.S. Sens. Mark Pryor and John Boozman applauded Monday's confirmation of Judge James "Jay" Maxwell Moody, Jr. to the federal bench.

Moody, a Circuit Judge for the Third Division of the Sixth Judicial District of Arkansas, was confirmed to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas in a 95-4 vote by the U.S. Senate. Moody was nominated by President Obama to succeed Judge Susan Webber Wright in July.

"I’m pleased my colleagues have finally allowed Judge Moody’s confirmation to go through," Pryor said in a news release. "As I’ve said from the beginning of the process, Judge Moody not only meets, but exceeds the qualities we want in our judges."

Boozman said Moody’s legal career was a clear indicator of 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.

Moody, who has been voted the Pulaski County Judge of the Year four times, has served as a Pulaski County Circuit Judge since 2003. Previously, he served as a partner at Wright Lindsey & Jennings LLP in Little Rock, in addition to adjunct professor at the University of Arkansas Bowen School of Law. 

Moody received his bachelor's degree from the University of Arkansas, and his J.D. from the University of Arkansas Bowen School of Law.