Alabama Supreme Court Justice Champ Lyons, Jr. resigned on January 14th and Gov. Riley appointed Jim Main to replace him for the final two years of the term. This came as a surprise even though Champ was said to be ready to leave the Court. Jim served as Gov. Riley’s state finance director before the Governor appointed him to the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals in May 2009. Jim previously practiced law in Montgomery and was a partner in our firm.
Champ was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1998 by Gov. Fob James and he was elected to six-year terms in 2000 and 2006. Champ is known in legal circles as a legal scholar. Jim will be a very good addition to the Court. He is very smart, has excellent people skills, is a hard worker, and understands that judges don’t make laws under our system. I wish Jim the very best as he joins the High Court.
Source: Associated Press
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