James Larry Edmondson
|Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit|
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|
May 7, 1986 – July 15, 2012
|Appointed by||Ronald Reagan|
|Preceded by||Albert Henderson|
July 14, 1947 |
Jasper, Georgia, U.S.
|Alma mater||Emory University
University of Georgia
University of Virginia
Education and early career
Born in Jasper, Georgia, Edmondson received a B.A. from Emory University in 1968, a J.D. from the University of Georgia in 1971, and an M.L. in Judicial Process from the University of Virginia in 1990.
Edmondson clerked for the Hon. Sidney Oslin Smith, Jr., U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia from 1971-1973. He was an attorney in private practice in Jasper, Georgia during 1973, and in Lawrenceville, Georgia from 1973-1986.  Edmondson also taught as a law professor at the University of Georgia between 1975-1984.
Federal judicial service
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.
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.
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- James Larry Edmondson at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
|Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
|Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit