On August 15, 2001, Willie L. James was sworn in as Marshal of the Appellate Courts of Alabama by Chief Justice Roy Moore, becoming the twelfth marshal of the appellate courts.
Marshal James was born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama. Due to the death of his father at an early age, James and his eight siblings were raised by his mother. Following his graduation from Booker T. Washington High School, James attended Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on a basketball scholarship. He graduated with a degree in Business Management and Marketing.
In 1973, James became a City Park Ranger, being promoted in 1980 to the position of Assistant Chief Ranger. Following his retirement in 1993, he joined the Alabama appellate courts as a Deputy Marshal, and served in that position until his recent appointment as Marshal.
Marshal James is an active member of his church, where he is frequently involved in a variety of cooking projects. He additionally serves as a basketball official and softball umpire and referee.