James A. Wynn, Jr.
|Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit|
August 10, 2010
|Appointed by||Barack Obama|
|Preceded by||James Phillips|
|Judge of the North Carolina Court of Appeals|
|Succeeded by||Cressie Thigpen|
|Preceded by||Allyson Duncan|
|Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina|
September 28, 1998 – November 3, 1998
|Preceded by||John Webb|
|Succeeded by||George Wainwright|
March 17, 1954 |
Robersonville, North Carolina, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
University of Virginia
James Andrew Wynn, Jr. (born March 17, 1954) is an American jurist, currently a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and formerly on both the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the North Carolina Supreme Court.
Early life and education
Wynn was born in Robersonville, North Carolina in the farm community of Gold Point. His father worked as a farmer and carpenter and his mother operated a sewing machine in a factory and later retired as a Nurse's Aide. His family operated a small farm on which Wynn worked during his early years. Wynn also worked during his high school years at an IGA Grocery Store in the nearby town of Williamston. Wynn holds degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (B.A., Journalism, 1975); Marquette University Law School (J.D., 1979) and University of Virginia School of Law (L.L.M., Judicial Process, 1995).
Wynn served in the active and reserve Judge Advocate General's Corps, U.S. Navy, until retiring in August 2009.
In 1990, Wynn was elected in a statewide contest to fill an unexpired term of two years on the North Carolina Court of Appeals; he was reelected to the Court of Appeals in 1992; 2000; and 2008. In 1998, he served briefly on the Supreme Court of North Carolina by appointment but returned to the Court of Appeals after an unsuccessful election.
Wynn chaired the Judicial Division of the American Bar Association in 2007. He was one of the Drafters of the 2007 ABA Model Code of Judicial Conduct. He also chaired the Appellate Judges Conference and chaired the 2009 ABA Diversity Summit.
Wynn has served on the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (www.nccusl.org) since 1994 (Vice President; Executive Committee; Scope and Program Committee; Division Chair).
Wynn formerly served on the Board of Directors for the Justice at Stake Campaign in Washington, DC. He is a member of the American Law Institute. He chaired the North Carolina Bar Association's Brown v. Board of Education 50th anniversary celebration. He is a past trustee of the North Carolina State Bar IOLTA committee and a past trustee of Pitt Community College.
Nominations to the Fourth Circuit
Nomination under Clinton
On August 5, 1999, President Bill Clinton nominated Judge Wynn to serve on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit to fill a vacancy created by the decision by Judge James Dickson Phillips, Jr. to take senior status.
Wynn's nomination never received a hearing from the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.
Renomination under Obama
President Barack Obama nominated Wynn and North Carolina Superior Court Judge Albert Diaz for seats on the Fourth Circuit on Nov. 4, 2009. Obama's renomination of Wynn and nomination of Diaz were jointly endorsed by North Carolina senators Kay Hagan, a Democrat, and Richard Burr, a Republican. His nomination was confirmed by the full Senate on August 5, 2010 by unanimous consent.
- Judging the Judges, Marquette University Law Review, 86 Marq.L.Rev. 753, Spring 2003
- Military Courts and the All Writs Act: Who Supervises the Military Justice System?, Judges Journal, American Bar Association, Vol. 45, No. 3.
- Selection of State Judges, 33 U.Tol. L. Rev. 287, Winter 2002
- Ground to Stand on: Charles Hamilton Houston’s Legal Foundation for Dr. King, 9 N.C. Bar. J. (2004).
- State v. Mann, 13 N.C. 263 (N.C. 1830): Judicial Choice or Judicial Duty? (WYNN dissentiente), --- NC Law Review --, Fall 2008.
- Wynn makes history in new post | newsobserver.com projects
- Who Obama might pick for Fourth Circuit
- News & Observer: Wynn, Diaz tapped for 4th circuit
- White House Press Release: President Obama Nominates Judge Albert Diaz and Judge James Wynn to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
- Diana Smith, North Carolina Lawyer's Weekly, reprinted in Virginia Lawyer's Weekly, November 9, 2009, Vol. 24, No. 23, p. 3.
- News & Observer: Senate confirms Wynn's nomination
- James A. Wynn, Jr. at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
- Official biography
- News & Observer profile
- Charlotte Observer endorses Wynn for re-election
|Judge of the North Carolina Court of Appeals
|Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina
|Judge of the North Carolina Court of Appeals
|Judge of the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit