|N.C. Court of Appeals||Statewide||Incumbent|
|Party||In Office Since||Term Ends|
|Level of Government|
|N.C. Court of Appeals|
|Date of Birth||Birthplace||Now Lives In|
|March 17, 1954||Robersonville, NC||Cary, NC|
Jim Wynn may get another shot at the U.S. Court of Appeals' Fourth Circuit. A longtime judge on the N.C. Court of Appeals, Wynn was nominated by President Clinton to a judgeship but was blocked by then Sen. Jesse Helms. The son of a carpenter and a nurse's aide, he studied journalism at UNC-Chapel Hill before earning a law degree. He became an Appeals court judge in 1990 and is now a senior associate judge. In that role, he helped push for the bill that made judicial races nonpartisan in North Carolina. He has served in the U.S. Navy Reserves for nearly three decades.
He is a deacon in the Providence Missionary Baptist Church in Robersonville.
AFL-CIO of N.C., Black Political Caucus of Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People, N.C. Academy of Trial Lawyers, N.C. Association of Educators, N.C. Troopers Association, Raleigh-Wake Citizens Association, Former Chief Justices Rhoda Billings, Jim Exum, Burley Mitchell, Henry Frye, North Carolina Police Benevolent Association, Inc.
Three sons: Javius, Conlan, Jaeander
Jim Wynn is a senior associate judge on the N.C. Court of Appeals and possible nominee for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
Early Life and Education
James A. Wynn Jr. was born on March 17, 1954, in Robersonville, N.C., to Naomi and James Wynn Sr. His father was a carpenter and his mother a nurse's aide.
He graduated from Robersonville High School in 1972.
He received a bachelor of arts in journalism from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1975.
From 1979 to 1983, Wynn served in the Judge Advocate General's Corps of the U.S. Navy on Active Duty. Since then, he has been a reservist.
From 1984 to 1990, he worked in general law with future U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield at the firm of Fitch, Butterfield and Wynn in Wilson and Greenville.
In 1990, Wynn was elected to serve the remaining two years of a judgeship on the N.C. Court of Appeals. He was re-elected to an eight-year term in 1992.
Clinton renominated him shortly before leaving office in 2001, but President George W. Bush returned his nomination and put forth the name of Terrence Boyle, whose nomination also stalled over partisan differences.
In 2000 and 2008, Wynn was re-elected to the Appeals court.
During the 2002 legislative session, he worked for the enactment of the N.C. Judicial Campaign Reform Act, which made the state's judicial elections nonpartisan.
Research and reporting by Ryan Teague Beckwith.
|Senior Associate Judge
North Carolina Court of Appeals
• Deacon, Providence Missionary Baptist Church
• Chair, Judicial Division, American Bar Association
• Executive Board, Division Chair, National Conference of Uniform State Laws
• Vice Chair, Board of Directors, Justice At Stake Campaign
• Past Vice President, North Carolina Bar Association
• Former Trustee, North Carolina Interest on Lawyer Trust Account (IOLTA) Committee
• Judicial Council, North Carolina Association of Black Lawyers
• Former Trustee, Pitt Community College, Greenville, N.C.
• Honors and Awards:
- Marquette University, “All University Alumni Merit Award”
- Marquette University School Of Law, “Hallows Fellow and Visiting Scholar”
- General Baptist Convention Martin Luther King Achievement Award
- Warren Burger Scholarship for John Marshall Harlan Symposium on Comparative Law in England and Scotland
- N.C. Academy of Trial Lawyers Appellate Judge of the Year
• Fitch, Butterfield & Wynn, Attorneys at Law, Wilson and Greenville, NC, 1984-90
|Judge Jim Wynn Reelection Committee
P.O. Box 1091, Raleigh, N.C. 27602
|bachelor of arts
Marquette University Law School
|master of laws
University of Virginia School of Law
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