U.S. Court of Appeals Judge James Wynn to speak at Campbell Law graduation

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RALEIGH — U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit Judge James Wynn will offer the commencement address at Campbell University Law School’s 44th annual hooding and graduation ceremony on Friday, May 13. 

The celebration is scheduled for 10 a.m. at Memorial Auditorium at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh.

“I am pleased and honored to speak at the commencement ceremony for the next generation of Campbell lawyer leaders,”  Wynn said.

Judge Wynn was nominated by President Barack Obama on Nov. 4, 2009, and confirmed by the Senate on Aug. 5, 2010.

“Judge Wynn is a dedicated public servant, and we are delighted that a judge of his prominence can join us for our commencement,” said Dean J. Rich Leonard.

A native of Robersonville, North Carolina, Judge Wynn served in the U.S. Navy JAG Corps from 1979-1983 (active) and 1983-2009 (reserves) retiring at the rank of Captain while serving as a military judge. He was assistant appellate defender in North Carolina’s Office of Appellate Defender from 1983-84. After working in private practice in Wilson and Greenville from 1984-1990, he served as an associate judge on the North Carolina Court of Appeals from 1990-1998 and 1999-2010. He served as an associate justice on the Supreme Court of North Carolina in 1998.

Judge Wynn graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in 1975 and earned his J.D. from Marquette University School of Law in 1979. He earned an LL.M. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1995.

In addition to the J.D. degrees, U.K.’s Nottingham Trent University Law School will also confer degrees on the Master of Laws (LL.M.) graduates, who will be hooded by Deputy Dean Matthew Homewood. This novel degree is earned through a collaboration between Campbell Law and Nottingham Law schools. 


Since its founding in 1976, Campbell Law has developed lawyers who possess moral conviction, social compassion, and professional competence, and who view the law as a calling to serve others. Among its accolades, the school has been recognized by the American Bar Association (ABA) as having the nation’s top Professionalism Program and by the American Academy of Trial Lawyers for having the nation’s best Trial Advocacy Program. Campbell Law boasts more than 4,500 alumni, who make their home in nearly all 50 states and beyond. In 2021, Campbell Law celebrated 45 years of graduating legal leaders and a dozen years of being located in a state-of-the-art facility in the heart of North Carolina’s Capital City.