E. Grady Jolly

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Grady Jolly
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Assumed office
July 30, 1982
Appointed by Ronald Reagan
Preceded by James Coleman
Personal details
Born (1937-10-03) October 3, 1937 (age 81)
Louisville, Mississippi, U.S.
Alma mater University of Mississippi, Oxford

E. Grady Jolly (born 1937) is a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. His chambers are in Jackson, Mississippi.

Jolly was born in Louisville, Mississippi. He received a B.A. from the University of Mississippi in 1959 and a LL.B. from the University of Mississippi Law School in 1962. He was a trial attorney for the National Labor Relations Board in Winston-Salem, North Carolina from 1962 to 1964, an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Mississippi from 1964 to 1967, and a lawyer for the Tax Division of the United States Department of Justice from 1967 to 1969. In 1969 he entered private practice in Jackson, Mississippi.

In 1982, Jolly was appointed to the Fifth Circuit by President Ronald Reagan. Jolly was nominated on July 1, 1982 to a seat vacated by James Plemon Coleman. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on July 27, 1982, and received commission on July 30, 1982.

Notable Cases

In July 1986, Jolly wrote the opinion for a unanimous three judge panel that held Louisiana's law requiring schools to teach creationism alongside evolution was an unconstitutional violation of the Establishment Clause.[1] The decision was affirmed by the Supreme Court in Edwards v. Aguillard.[2]

In July 2014, Jolly wrote the 2-1 majority opinion in Jackson Women's Health Organization v. Currier, which allowed Mississippi's sole abortion clinic to remain open. Jolly stated that a state law which would have shut down the clinic because its doctors were unable to obtain privileges at a local hospital would have violated Mississippi women's rights to seek abortions within their state's borders.[3]


  1. http://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=10826681783427147904&hl=en&as_sdt=6&as_vis=1&oi=scholarr
  2. http://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=3232659778662846156&hl=en&as_sdt=6&as_vis=1&oi=scholarr
  3. Robertson, Campbell; Eckholm, Erik. "Judges Block Abortion Curb in Mississippi". www.nytimes.com. New York Times. Retrieved 30 July 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>


Legal offices
Preceded by
James P. Coleman
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit