Moody confirmation hearing on Wednesday


WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a confirmation hearing Wednesday for Pulaski County Circuit Judge James “Jay” Moody Jr., whom President Obama has nominated to serve as a U.S. district judge for the Eastern District of Arkansas.

Moody is the son of U.S. District James Moody, 73, who has served 18 years as a judge in the same district. The father plans to retire if his son is confirmed.

The younger Moody, nominated to the federal bench in July, currently is serving a second term as a circuit judge in Arkansas’ Sixth Judicial circuit. He was first elected to the state bench in 2003.

Little Rock, Pine Bluff and Jonesboro are included in the Eastern District of the federal court.

The Judiciary Committee earlier this month held a confirmation hearing for Timothy L. Brooks for U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Arkansas, which includes Fayetteville, Fort Smith and Hot Springs. The committee has not scheduled a confirmation vote for the Fayetteville attorney.

As a state judge, Moody presides almost exclusively over civil cases. Before being elected to the court, Moody worked for more than a dozen years at the Wright Lindsey & Jennings law firm in Little Rock. He was named a partner in the firm in 1994.