James B. Hughes Jr.
has been named interim dean of the Emory University School of
Law in Atlanta. He replaced Judson Graves who was named
interim dean in June. Graves stepped down for “personal

Dwight A. McBride, provost and executive vice president of
academic affairs at Emory University stated that Professor
Hughes’ “extensive leadership experience, ties to the Atlanta
community, and devotion to the law school and to Emory will
be tremendous assets in this time of transition.”

Professor Hughes has been a member of the faculty at the law
school since 1992. He also has been serving as associate dean
for academic affairs. Earlier, he was a partner in the
Atlanta law firm Trotter, Smith & Jacobs, where he
practiced commercial real estate law.

Professor Hughes is a graduate of the University of
Connecticut. He earned a juris doctorate at Yale Law School.