Term Ends: 2022
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James F. McKay III is a judge on the Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal. He was elected on May 7, 1998. His current term expires on December 31, 2022.

Judge McKay graduated in 1969 from the University of Southwestern Louisiana Lafayette and earned his J.D. from Loyola University School of Law in 1974. Before he was elected to the Fourth Circuit Court on March 7, 1998, McKay served from 1982 to 1998 on the Criminal District Court bench handling major felonies in Orleans Parish (41st Judicial District). In 1996, Judge McKay was elected to the Board of Governors of the American Judges Association, a position he still holds. After being Assistant District Attorney, Orleans Parish from 1974 to 1978, he became Chief Prosecutor of the Criminal Division for the Metropolitan Office of the State Attorney General’s office from 1978 to 1982. McKay was an Adult Probation and Parole Officer from 1971 to 1974.

He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Louisiana State Bar Association, the Fourth and Fifth Circuit District Judges Association, and the American Judges Association.