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James Wynn

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James Wynn
Current Court Information:
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Title:   Judge
Appointed by:   Barack Obama
Active:   8/5/2010-Present
Preceded by:   James Phillips
Past post:   North Carolina Court of Appeals
Past term:   1991-2010
Personal History
Born:   1954
Hometown:   Robersonville, NC
Undergraduate:   University of North Carolina, 1975
Law School:   Marquette University Law, 1979
Grad. School:   University of Virginia Law, 1995

James Andrew Wynn, Jr. is a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He was confirmed by the Senate and received his commission in August 2010.[1]


Wynn received his B.A. degree in Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1975 and his J.D. degree from Marquette University Law School in 1979. He earned a L.L.M. degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1995.

Military service

Wynn also attended the Naval Justice School in 1979 and received his Military Judge Certification in 2000.[1]

Professional career

Judicial career

Fourth Circuit

Nomination Tracker
 Candidate:James Wynn
 Court:Fourth Circuit
 Progress:Confirmed 274 days after nomination.
ApprovedANominated:November 4, 2009
ApprovedAABA Rating:Unanimously Well Qualified
ApprovedAHearing:December 16, 2009
ApprovedAReported:January 28, 2010 
ApprovedAConfirmed:August 5, 2010
 Vote: Voice vote

President Obama nominated Judge Wynn to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He received a unanimous rating of "well-qualified" from the American Bar Association.[3][4] Congressman G.K. Butterfield praised the nomination, saying "Judge Wynn would bring a great deal of appellate and military experience to the federal bench" and that he has "a remarkable legal mind".[5]

Wynn was previously nominated to the federal bench by President Clinton, but was blocked in the Senate by Jesse Helms.[6]

Judiciary Committee hearing

Wynn's Public Questionnaire Available Here
Questions for the Record available here

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 18-1 to forward Wynn's nomination to the full Senate. The dissenting vote came from Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn.[7]

He had a hearing before the Committee on December 16, 2009.[8] He was heard along with fellow nominee Albert Diaz by just three of the Committee members. When asked about his judicial philosophy, Wynn said: "The role of the judge is to follow the law, not make the law."[9][10]

Wynn won confirmation from the U.S. Senate on August 5, 2010. He was elected using the procedure of "unanimous consent," allowing a motion to approve a candidate to pass as long as there are no objections.[11]

Awards and associations


  • Meritorious Service Medal three times
  • Navy Commendation Medal twice
  • Naval Reserve Medal
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Medal[5]


  • Chair, American Bar Association’s Judges Advisory Committee on Ethics
  • Chair, American Bar Association’s Appellate Judges Conference
  • Former chair, American Bar Association Judicial Division[5]

See also

External links


Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
James Phillips
Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
Succeeded by:

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