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Associate Justice Robert Holt Edmunds, Jr. Robert Holt Edmunds, Jr.
Associate Justice

Date of Birth: April 17, 1949
Place of Birth: Danville, Virginia

Early Years

Born in Danville, Va. On April 17, 1949 to Robert Holt, Sr., and Mary Rucker Edmunds. Resident of Greensboro since 1957.

Personal Information

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Greensboro; vestry 1994-1996.

Educational Background

Woodberry Forest School, Va, 1967 Cum Laude graduate and National Merit Scholarship finalist. Williams College, Williamstown, Mass., Dean's List, 1967-69. Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Bachelor of Arts, English, General Honors graduate,1971. University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Law, Juris Doctor degree,1975. Associate justice, Holderness Moot Court Bench, 1975. Master of Laws in Judicial Process (LL.M.), University of Virginia, 2004.

Professional Background

Associate justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina, January 2001-present. Associate judge, North Carolina Court of Appeals 1999 - January 2001. Partner, Stern & Klepfer, L.L.P. General private practice 1993 - 1998.

United States Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina,1986-1993. Managed and supervised office responsible for representing United States in Federal Court. Handled variety of criminal and civil cases, overseeing investigations, presenting matters for the United States Grand Jury, trials, briefing and arguing appeals.

Assistant United States Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina, 1982- 1986. Responsible for coordinating investigation, preparation, and trial of criminal violations, including drug trafficking, food stamp fraud, credit card fraud, gray-market smuggling of automobiles, bank fraud, bank robbery, firearm violation, social security crimes and other federal offenses. Briefed and argued appeals. Handled Federal probation and parole violations.

Assistant district attorney, Eighteenth Judicial District, Guilford County, N.C., 1978-1982. Instructor at Attorney General's Advocacy Institute. Career Criminal Prosecution Unit, Instructor at New Prosecutor's School at Institute of Government in Chapel Hill.

Professional Organizations

North Carolina State Bar, admitted 1975. Virginia State Bar, admitted 1977. United States District Court for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of North Carolina. United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. North Carolina Bar Association, Appellate Rules Study Committee. American Bar Association. North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers (former member). Member, Greensboro Bar Association; secretary, 1997-1996. National Association of Former United States Attorneys. Guilford Inn of Court. Greensboro Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, (former member), Board of Directors, 1997-1998.

Boards And Commissions

Board-certified specialist in State and Federal Criminal Law, 1993-present, and Criminal Appellate Practice, 1994-present. Attorney General's Advisory Subcommittee on Guideline Sentencing, 1987-93; chair, 1991-93. Member, Attorney General's Subcommittee on Controlled Substances, 1987-93. Bar Cares, Board of Directors, 2001-current.

Honors And Awards

1987 Prosecutor of the Year. Third place, International Association of Credit Card Investigators. 1988 Prosecutor of the Year, Carolinas Chapter of the International Association of Credit Card Investigators. 1990 Certificate of Appreciation from the Drug Enforcement Administration for outstanding contributions in the field of drug law enforcement. 1993 Awards from United States Department of Justice, Internal Revenue Service, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Customs Service and North Carolina Department of Justice.

Military Service

Ensign, U.S. Navy, 1975-1977


Reading, jogging, computers.


"How Can You Defend Those People?" North Carolina State Bar Journal (Fall, 2003); Analyzing the Tension Between Prosecutors and Probation Officers Over Fact Bargaining, Federal Sentencing Reporter, Vol. 8, No 6 (May/June, 1996);
The Need for Predictable, But Not Mandatory, Sentences, Federal Sentencing Reporter, Vol. 8, No. 1 (July/August, 1995).
The Federal Criminal Sentencing Laws, Campbell Law Observer, Vol. 15, No. 7 (September 1994).
Guideline Sentencing and Department of Justice Policies under the Reagan-Bush Administrations, Federal Sentencing Reporter, Vol. 6, No. 6 (May/June, 1994).
The Sentencing Guidelines Subcommittee of the Attorney General's Advisory Committee, Federal Sentencing Reporter, Vol. 4, No. 4 (January/February 1992).
Co-Authored revision of Principles of Federal Prosecution section of United States Attorneys' Manual, 1992.

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