James Andrew Wynn Jr.


Robersonville, NC
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African American
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U.S. Navy captain, JAG Corps, 1979-1983
U.S. Naval Reserve captain, JAG Corps, 1983-2009
Assistant appellate defender, State of North Carolina, 1983-1984
Private practice, Wilson and Greenville, North Carolina, 1984-1990
Associate judge, North Carolina Court of Appeals, 1990-1998, 1999-2010
Associate justice, Supreme Court of North Carolina, 1998

Nominated to U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, August 5, 1999; no Senate vote
Nominated to U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, January 3, 2001; nomination withdrawn by president, March 19, 2001


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University of North Carolina
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Marquette University Law School

Marquette provides you with an unusual opportunity. First, we are an outstanding law school. Our curriculum is designed to ensure that you will have the substantive knowledge, skills, and values essential to practice law in the twenty-first century. We are extremely proud that we train lawyers who practice in all areas of the profession, in private firms and public agencies, in Wisconsin and throughout the United States. It is no accident that many of our alumni are state and federal judges, and that many Marquette University Law School graduates are business and political leaders. We teach our students to have the skills to succeed in whatever branch of our profession they select. Part of the Jesuit tradition of education is encouraging students to become agents for positive change in society. This is especially important in a law school.

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University of Virginia School of Law

Virginia is justly famous for its collegial environment that bonds students and faculty, and student satisfaction is consistently cited as among the highest in American law schools. Intellectual challenges are met in a spirit of cooperation. Small first-year sections promote individual inquiry while providing support and friendship. Students learn together, reading each other's work and freely sharing course outlines and other materials, confidently relying on the nation's oldest student-run Honor System to maintain the highest ethical standards.

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Judicial Career

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U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
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Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

President Nominating: 
Barack Obama
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