Hon. James A. Wynn, Jr.

Richard J. FotschHon. James A. Wynn, Jr., Law ’79, was elected to the Marquette University Board of Trustees in 2013.

Wynn has served for 10 years as a judge on U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit. Previously, he served for 20 years on the Supreme Court of North Carolina and the North Carolina Court of Appeals.

After graduating from Marquette University Law School in 1979, he served in the U.S. Navy JAG Corps for 30 years (four years active and 26 years reserve). He was a military judge for six years and retired at the rank of Navy captain in 2009.

Wynn is the chair for the Center for Human Rights of the American Bar Association and is the treasurer for the American Bar Endowment Board (chair, Finance Committee). He sits by appointment of Chief Justice John Roberts on the Information Technology Committee for the U. S. Judicial Conference.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; a juris doctor degree from Marquette University Law School; and a master of law from the University of Virginia School of Law.

For Marquette Law School, he delivered the Commencement address in 2005 and served as the E. Harold Hallows Judicial Fellow in 2002 and the Nathan A. Fishbach Fellow in 2012.

He received the Marquette University Alumni Merit Award in 2004 and the Marquette Law School Alumnus of the Year Award in 2018.

He is a member of the Marquette University President’s Society.