James Andrew Wynn, Jr.
(born March 17, 1954) is an American
jurist, currently a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
and formerly on both the North Carolina Court of Appeals
and the North Carolina Supreme Court
Early life and education
Wynn was born in Robersonville, North Carolina
in the farm community of Gold Point. His father worked as a farmer and carpenter and his mother operated a sewing machine in a factory and later retired as a Nurse's Aide. His family operated a small farm on which Wynn worked during his early years. Wynn also worked during his high school years at an IGA Grocery Store
in the nearby town of Williamston. Wynn holds degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
(B.A., Journalism, 1975); Marquette University Law School
(J.D., 1979) and University of Virginia School of Law
(L.L.M., Judicial Process, 1995).
Wynn served in the active and reserve Judge Advocate General's Corps
(JAG) of the United States Navy
until retiring in August 2009.
After completing his active duty service in the Navy, Wynn practiced law in Wilson
and Greenville, North Carolina
In 1990, Wynn was elected in a statewide contest to fill an unexpired term of two years on the North Carolina Court of Appeals
; he was reelected to the Court of Appeals in 1992; 2000; and 2008. In 1998, he served briefly on the Supreme Court of North Carolina by appointment but returned to the Court of Appeals after an unsuccessful... Read More