James A. Wynn Jr.

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James Wynn
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Assumed office
August 10, 2010
Nominated by Barack Obama
Preceded by James Phillips
Judge of the North Carolina Court of Appeals
In office
Preceded by Himself
Succeeded by Cressie Thigpen
In office
Preceded by Allyson Duncan
Succeeded by Himself
Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court
In office
September 28, 1998 – November 3, 1998
Preceded by John Webb
Succeeded by George Wainwright
Personal details
Born (1954-03-17) March 17, 1954 (age 63)
Robersonville, North Carolina, U.S.
Education University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (BA)
Marquette University (JD)
University of Virginia (LLM)

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[edit]

Wynn grew up in the Eastern North Carolina community of Robersonville. He 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).

Early career[edit]

Following graduation from law school, Wynn served in the Judge Advocate General's Corps, U.S. Navy on active duty for four years - stationed at Navy Base, Norfolk, Virginia. He continued his service for 26 more years in the Navy Reserve which included service as a military judge. He retired in 2009 at rank of Captain.

After completing his initial duty of four years in the Navy, Wynn practiced law in Wilson and Greenville, North Carolina.

Judicial career[edit]

From 1990 until his 2010 senate confirmation to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit, Wynn served on both the North Carolina Court of Appeals and Supreme Court of North Carolina.

In the American Bar Association, Wynn served as Chair of the Appellate Judges Conference and the Judicial Division.

Nominations to the Fourth Circuit[edit]

Nomination under Clinton[edit]

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[edit]

President Barack Obama nominated Wynn and North Carolina Superior Court Judge Albert Diaz for seats on the Fourth Circuit on Nov. 4, 2009.[1][2][3] 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.[4] His nomination was confirmed by the full Senate on August 5, 2010 by unanimous consent.[5]


  • 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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Who Obama might pick for Fourth Circuit
  2. ^ News & Observer: Wynn, Diaz tapped for 4th circuit
  3. ^ White House Press Release: President Obama Nominates Judge Albert Diaz and Judge James Wynn to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
  4. ^ Diana Smith, North Carolina Lawyer's Weekly, reprinted in Virginia Lawyer's Weekly, November 9, 2009, Vol. 24, No. 23, p. 3.
  5. ^ Barrett, Barbara (August 6, 2010). "Senate confirms Wynn's nomination". The News & Observer. Archived from the original on September 6, 2010. Retrieved March 4, 2017. 

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Preceded by
Allyson Duncan
Judge of the North Carolina Court of Appeals
Succeeded by
Preceded by
John Webb
Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court
Succeeded by
George Wainwright
Preceded by
Judge of the North Carolina Court of Appeals
Succeeded by
Cressie Thigpen
Preceded by
James Phillips
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit