James L. Graham

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James L. Graham
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Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
Assumed office
August 31, 2004
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
In office
2003–2004
Preceded by Walter Herbert Rice
Succeeded by Sandra Beckwith
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
In office
September 26, 1986 – August 31, 2004
Appointed by Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Robert Morton Duncan
Succeeded by Michael H. Watson
Personal details
Born James L. Graham
1939 (age 77–78)
Columbus, Ohio
Education Ohio State University (B.A.)
Ohio State University College of Law (J.D.)

James L. Graham (born 1939) is a Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.

Education and career[edit]

Born in Columbus, Ohio, Graham received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ohio State University in 1962 and a Juris Doctor from Ohio State University College of Law that same year. He was thereafter in private practice in Columbus until 1986.[1]

Federal judicial service[edit]

On August 15, 1986, Graham was nominated by President Ronald Reagan to a seat on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio vacated by Judge Robert Morton Duncan. Graham was confirmed by the United States Senate on September 25, 1986, and received his commission the following day. He served as Chief Judge from 2003 to 2004, assuming senior status on August 31, 2004.[1]

Notable case[edit]

Like many district judges on senior status, Graham occasionally serves with the Court of Appeals on a rotating basis. While serving with the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, he supplied a dissenting opinion on a decision upholding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act mandate to purchase health insurance.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Robert Morton Duncan
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
1986–2004
Succeeded by
Michael H. Watson
Preceded by
Walter Herbert Rice
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
2003–2004
Succeeded by
Sandra Beckwith