Hon. James A. Wynn, Jr.

Richard J. FotschHon. James A. Wynn, Jr., Law ’79, was nominated by President Obama to serve on the United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in 2009 and confirmed by unanimous voice vote of the United States Senate in August 2010. Previously he served for nearly twenty years as an appellate judge on both the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of North Carolina.

Following graduation from Marquette University Law School in 1979, Judge Wynn served in the U.S. Navy JAG Corps for four years on active duty and for twenty-six more years as a reserve officer. He was a military judge and Commanding Officer of the Navy Reserve Trial Judiciary. He retired at the rank of Captain.

Judge Wynn serves on the American Bar Endowment Board. In the American Bar Association, he is a member of the Governance Board and the Task Force of the Future of Legal Education. He previously chaired the Judicial Division; Appellate Judges Conference; the Working Group on First Amendment and Judicial Campaign Speech; and the National Diversity Summit. He was a drafter of the 2007 Revised ABA Model Code of Judicial Conduct.

For twenty years, Judge Wynn has served as Commissioner on the National Conference on Uniform State Laws where he has held leadership positions on the Executive Committee and as Vice President.

Judge Wynn holds a bachelor of arts degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Juris Doctorate degree from Marquette University Law School, and a master of laws degree in judicial process from the University of Virginia School of Law.

He delivered the commencement address for the Marquette Law School in 2005; and he was the E. Harold Hallows Judicial Fellow in 2002 and the Nathan A. Fishbach Fellow in 2012. He received the
Alumni Merit Award from Marquette University in 2004.