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Hon. James A. Wynn, Jr., Law ’79, was elected to the Marquette University Board of Trustees in 2013.
He 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 20 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, Wynn served in the U.S. Navy JAG Corps for four years on active duty and for 26 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.
Wynn serves on the American Bar Endowment Board and the American Bar Association (ABA) Rule of Law Intiative Committee. In the ABA, he served as chair for the Judicial Division; Appellate Judges Conference; Working Group on First Amendment and Judicial Campaign Speech; and National Diversity Summit. He was a drafter of the 2007 Revised ABA Model Code of Judicial Conduct.
For 20 years, Wynn has served as commissioner of the National Conference on Uniform State Laws where he has held leadership positions on the executive committee and as vice president.
Wynn holds a bachelor of arts degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a juris doctor 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 Nathan A. Fishbach Fellow in 2012. He received the Alumni Merit Award from Marquette in 2004.
He is a member of the Marquette University President’s Society.