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Jim McCune began serving the people of Marion County, Florida, as a County Court Judge on March 1, 2002. He was appointed by Governor Jeb Bush. In 2004 and 2010, he was elected to serve full 6 year terms. He is a graduate of Washington & Lee University in Virginia [Bachelor of Arts], Valparaiso University School of Law in Indiana [Juris Doctor] and Emory University School of Law in Georgia [Master of Laws]. He was admitted to practice law in Indiana in 1982, in Florida in 1984, and in Texas in 1997.
Jim had been an Assistant State Attorney in Florida’s 5th Judicial Circuit for 13 years before becoming a judge. At the State Attorney’s Office, Jim supervised the Public Interest Unit for 6 years and prosecuted the Circuit’s economic crimes, crimes against the elderly, environmental crimes and crimes involving public officials. He also worked for 6 years as a murder prosecutor handling the Circuit’s death penalty cases. Before joining the State Attorney’s Office, Jim worked for 3 years as a Law Clerk for a Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court and for 2 ½ years as a Florida Assistant Attorney General handling civil RICO cases throughout Florida. Jim was appointed to serve as Chair of the Florida Bar’s Standing Committee on Professionalism for 1 year in 2006.
Since 2008, Jim has served on the Florida Supreme Court’s Commission on Professionalism plus the Florida Bar’s Professional Ethics Committee. Jim is a past-president of his local Inn of Court. In 2009, Florida’s Chief Justice appointed Jim to the Florida Court Education Council. Jim led the launch of a Mental Health Court for Marion County in 2009 and a Veterans Treatment Court in 2012. Jim has continued to preside over both of those Courts on a weekly basis since their commencement. In 2011, Jim was selected and participated in the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference sponsored by the U.S. Secretary of Defense. In July 2012, Jim was elected to serve as President-Elect of the Conference of County Court Judges of Florida.
Jim volunteers with many charitable organizations and is happily married to Jessica. In his spare time, Jim has served on mission trips to Haiti (5 times), Ukraine, Ecuador, China, Cuba, Honduras (2 times) and Uganda.