Appointed by President Obama, Judge James A. Wynn, Jr. was confirmed in August 2010 by the United States Senate to serve on the United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit. Previously, he served for twenty years as an appellate judge on both the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of North Carolina. He was in the private practice of law before becoming a state appellate judge. His legal career also includes thirty years in the U.S. Navy Reserves where he served as a military judge and retired at the rank of Navy Captain. He holds degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill (B.A.); Marquette University School of Law (J.D.) and the University of Virginia School of Law (L.L.M.).