Butterfield Praises Wynn's Federal Bench Nomination

Nov 4, 2009
Press Release

Washington, D.C.- Congressman G.K. Butterfield applauded President Obama’s nomination of Judge James Wynn to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
“As the North Carolina Court of Appeals’ longest serving member, Judge Wynn would bring a great deal of appellate and military experience to the federal bench,” Butterfield said. “He has a remarkable legal mind, and I know that he will continue to make the people of eastern North Carolina proud.”
Under the nomination process, Wynn’s nomination to the Richmond, Va.-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit is sent to the U.S. Senate in writing. The nomination is read on the floor and referred to committee. If the committee votes to report the nomination, it is filed and may then be considered for a vote by the full Senate.
The U.S Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit hears appeals from nine federal district courts in North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina, Maryland and West Virginia as well as appeals from decisions of federal administrative agencies.
Wynn currently sits on the North Carolina Court of Appeals, the state’s intermediate appellate court; he sat on the Supreme Court of North Carolina in 1998. Prior to taking the bench in 1990, he served on active duty in the Judge Advocate General's Corps of the Navy and worked in private practice with Butterfield at the firm of Fitch, Butterfield and Wynn in Wilson and Greenville.
Butterfield noted that Wynn served on active and reserve duty in the U.S. Navy Reserves for 30 years. He retired in August 2009 as a Navy Captain and was a certified Military Trial Judge. During his military career, he commanded three different reserve units including most recently serving as Commanding Officer of the Navy Reserve Trial Judiciary Unit. He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal three times, the Navy Commendation Medal twice, the Naval Reserve Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Medal.
Wynn serves as Chair of the American Bar Association’s Judges Advisory Committee on Ethics and formerly served as the Chair of the American Bar Association Judicial Division; Chair of the Association’s Appellate Judges Conference, and was one of the Drafters of the ABA’s 2007 Revised Model Code of Judicial Conduct.
“Judge Wynn has earned a strong reputation through his leadership, and he has been recognized nationally for his scholarly work on judicial independence,” Butterfield said.
Wynn, 55, was born in Robersonville, N.C. to Naomi and James Wynn Sr., a carpenter and nurse’s aide, respectively.
He graduated from Robersonville High School; received a bachelor of arts in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; a law degree from Marquette University Law School; and, a master’s degree in judicial process from the University of Virginia School of Law.
He has received a rating of unanimous “well-qualified” from the American Bar Association.