Jimm Larry Hendren
|Jimm Larry Hendren|
|Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas|
December 31, 2012
|Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas|
|Preceded by||Hugh Franklin Waters|
|Succeeded by||Paul K. Holmes III|
|Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas|
March 18, 1992 – December 31, 2012
|Appointed by||George H. W. Bush|
|Preceded by||Seat established by 104 Stat. 5089|
|Succeeded by||Timothy L. Brooks|
|Born||Jimm Larry Hendren
June 11, 1940
|Education||University of Arkansas (B.A.)
University of Arkansas School of Law (LL.B.)
Jimm Larry Hendren (born June 11, 1940 in Gravette, Arkansas) is a Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas.
Education and career
Hendren graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Arkansas in 1964 and then received a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 1965. Later that year Hendren would join the JAG Corps of the United States Navy, returning in 1968, for a year, to his private practice in Bentonville, Arkansas, which he would expand in later years. In 1970 Hendren became a United States Naval Reserve Lieutenant Commander, a position he would hold until 1983. Meanwhile, in 1977, he became a probate judge (Chancellor) of Arkansas' Sixteenth Chancery District, before returning again to his private practice.
Federal judicial service
Hendren was nominated by George H. W. Bush as a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas on November 5, 1991, to a new seat created by 104 Statute 5089. The nomination was confirmed by the United States Senate on March 13, 1992, and Hendren received his commission on March 18, 1992. He served as the Chief Judge from 1997 until he assumed senior status on December 31, 2012.
Hendren is well known for ruling in favor of Billy Ray and Mary Nell Counts, a couple in Cedarville, Arkansas, in the 2003 lawsuit Counts et ux. v. Cedarville School Board. The court decided that the local school's rule requiring parents' written consent to read the Harry Potter books was unconstitutional. The district court's opinion can be found here, and the decision was cited as precedent in subsequent censorship cases.
- "Hendren, Jimm Larry - Federal Judicial Center". www.fjc.gov.
- "Judge Smites Harry Potter Restrictions in Arkansas". American Library Association. 2003-04-28. Archived from the original on 2007-03-11. Retrieved 2007-03-13.
- "Fayetteville Rethinks Restricted Reads". American Library Association. 2005. Archived from the original on 2007-06-06. Retrieved 2007-05-30.
- Jimm Larry Hendren at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
Seat established by 104 Stat. 5089
|Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas
Timothy L. Brooks
Hugh Franklin Waters
|Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas
Paul K. Holmes III