James Andrew Wynn, Jr.

Associate Justice - NC Supreme Court

Date Born: March 17, 1954

Date Died: Living

       
       
       
Place Born: Robersonville, NC

Place Buried: Living

   

Associate Justice 1998
   

James Andrew Wynn, Jr. was born on March 17, 1954 in Robersonville, NC, the son of James Andrew Wynn and Naomi Wynn. He earned a B.A. degree in Journalism from the University of North Carolina in 1975; he earned his J.D. degree from the Marquette University Law School in 1979.

James Andrew Wynn, Jr. married Jacqueline Dee Rollins; they have three sons.

From 1979 to 1983, James Andrew Wynn, Jr. served as a Captain in the U. S. Navy in the Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps. From 1983 to 2009, he was a Captain in the U.S. Naval Reserves, JAG Corps.

In 1983, James Andrew Wynn, Jr. served one year as an Assistant Appellate Defender for the state of North Carolina.

In 1984, James Andrew Wynn, Jr. began private law practice with a firm that eventually became Fitch, Butterfield & Wynn in Wilson, NC and an office in Greenville, NC.

In the 1990 General Election, James Andrew Wynn, Jr. was elected as a Judge on the North Carolina Court of Appeals. He was re-elected in 1992 and in 2000.

In 1994, James Andrew Wynn, Jr. began serving on the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (Vice President; Executive Committee; Scope and Program Committee; Division Chair).

In 1995, James Andrew Wynn, Jr. earned a LL.M. degree in Judicial Process from the University of Virginia School of Law.

In 1998, Governor James Baxter Hunt, Jr. appointed James Andrew Wynn, Jr. as an Associate Justice on the NC Supreme Court, replacing Associate Justice John Webb, who reached the mandatory retirement age on September 18, 1998. He was sworn in on September 28, 1998. However, Wynn lost in the 1998 General Election to George L. Wainwright, Jr., who took the office on November 3, 1998.

In 1999, Governor James Baxter Hunt, Jr. re-appointed James Andrew Wynn, Jr. as a Judge on the North Carolina Court of Appeals, and he continued on this bench until 2010.

On August 5, 1999, President William Jefferson Clinton nominated James Andrew Wynn, Jr. to serve on the U.S Court of Appeals for the 4th Judicial Circuit to fill a vacancy created by the decision by Judge James Dickson Phillips, Jr. to take senior status. This nomination never received a hearing from the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.

On January 3, 2001, President William Jefferson Clinton again nominated James Andrew Wynn, Jr. to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals, but incoming President George W. Bush vacated that nomination on March 19, 2001.

From 2007 to 2008, James Andrew Wynn, Jr. served as Chair of the Judicial Division of the American Bar Association.

On November 4, 2009, President Barack H. Obama nominated James Andrew Wynn, Jr. to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Judicial District. His nomination was confirmed by the full Senate on August 5, 2010 by unanimous consent, and he was sworn in on August 10, 2010. As of 2015, he continues on this bench.


James Andrew Wynn, Jr. (born March 17, 1954) is an American jurist, currently a judge on the North Carolina Court of Appeals, and a former nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Wynn was born in Robersonville, North Carolina, the son of James, Sr. and Naomi Wynn. 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 Judge Advocate General's Corps (JAG) of the United States Navy on active duty from 1979 to 1983 and as a reservist from 1983 to present. His military assignments included service as a military judge; Staff Judge Advocate for Readiness Command Six in Washington, DC; Admiralty Attorney for reserve unit supporting the Commander-in-Chief for the Atlantic Fleet; and various military justice positions. Including service as Commanding Officer of Navy Reserve Judicial Activity Unit, Wynn has held three Commanding Officer and two Executive Officer billets. His personal awards includes three Meritorious Service Medals and two Navy Commendation Medals.

After completing his active duty service in the Navy, Wynn worked as an Assistant Appellate Defender for North Carolina for one year before practicing law with a firm that eventually became Fitch, Butterfield & Wynn in Wilson and Greenville, North Carolina. He engaged in a general law practice.

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 eight-year terms in 1992 and 2000. In 1998, Governor James B. Hunt appointed Wynn to the North Carolina Supreme Court but he lost the election to retain his seat and returned to the Court of Appeals by appointment. In 2004, Wynn ran unsuccessfully for the Supreme Court but kept his Court of Appeals seat.

Wynn was chair of the Judicial Division of the American Bar Association for 2007-2008, and is the first African-American to hold that post. He has served in the ABA House of Delegates and was a drafting Commissioner on the Joint Commission to Evaluate the ABA Model Code of Judicial Conduct. He formerly Chaired the Appellate Judges Conference and chaired the Working Group on First Amendment and Judicial Campaign Speech, which rewrote Canon 5 of the ABA Model Code of Judicial Conduct.

Wynn has been a member of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (www.nccusl.org) for fifteen years. His positions include Executive Committee, Scope and Program Committee, and numerous drafting committees including the Revised Uniform Arbitration Act; Revised Tort Apportment Act; and Genetics Discrimination Act. He currently serves as Division Chair for several drafting committees.

Wynn is vice-chair of 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.

He was honored by the Marquette University Law School as its 2002 "Hallows Fellow and Visiting Scholar." Marquette University as a whole honored him in 2004 with its "All University Alumni Merit Award."

On August 5, 1999, President Bill Clinton nominated Judge Wynn to become the first African American to serve on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Clinton nominated Wynn to the vacancy created by the decision by Judge James Dickson Phillips, Jr. to take senior status. Clinton had previously been unsuccessful in getting James A. Beaty, Jr. confirmed to the same seat.

Wynn's nomination never received a hearing from the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee or received a full vote from the U.S. Senate due to the resistance of Sen. Jesse Helms, who claimed that the court did not need any more judges.

Clinton renominated Wynn to the Fourth Circuit on January 3, 2001, but his nomination was returned by President Bush on March 20, 2001, along with 61 other executive and judicial nominations that Clinton had made.

The Fourth Circuit seat to which Wynn was nominated remained vacant through the end of 2008. Terrence Boyle was nominated by President George W. Bush on May 9, 2001, but his nomination was never brought to a vote on the floor of the Senate. On January 9, 2007, the White House announced that it would not be re-nominating Boyle to the Court of Appeals. On July 17, 2007, Bush nominated Robert J. Conrad, Jr. for the seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit to take the place of the retired James Dickson Phillips, Jr.

Wife: Jacqueline Dee Rollins. Three sons: Javius, Conlan, and Jaeander.



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