Judge James Dennis Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals

Judge James Dennis

Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals

James L. Dennis was born in January 1936 in Monroe, Louisiana. He served two years in the U.S. Army, before earning an undergraduate degree from Louisiana Tech University in Ruston. He obtained a Juris Doctor from the Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center in Baton Rouge. He received a Master of Laws from the University of Virginia School of Law.

He spent ten years in private practice, and was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives, where he served four years. He became a judge on the Fourth Judicial District Court of Louisiana, where he served two years. He then served on the Louisiana Circuit Court of Appeals and was later an associate justice of the seven-member Supreme Court of Louisiana.

Dennis was nominated by President Bill Clinton to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He was confirmed by the Senate and received his commission in October 1996.

In the News…

The Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals issued a temporary stay on a ruling from a lower court that had blocked Texas from enforcing a temporary ban on most abortions during the pandemic. The ruling comes amid a wider effort by several states to halt the procedures.

Texas officials said the “temporary stay justly prioritizes supplies and personal protective equipment for the medical professionals in need.”

The Fifth Circuit’s action allows state officials to enforce the restrictions while it decides on the legal merits of the policy.

Judge James Dennis, who dissented from the Circuit Court ruling, said, “a federal judge has already concluded that irreparable harm would flow from allowing the executive order to prohibit abortions during this critical time.”

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The Honorable James Dennis
Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
600 Camp Street
New Orleans, LA 70130


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