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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

Professional Background

2001 - Present — Justice, Supreme Court of North Carolina (Popularly elected statewide)
  • Frequent instructor at Continuing Legal Education programs for attorneys on appellate rules, appellate practice, appellate advocacy, ethics, and related topics
Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law, Campbell University, Raleigh, N.C.
  • 2013 Adjunct Professor, Appellate Brief Writing
  • 2012 Adjunct Professor, Appellate Brief Writing
  • 2009 Adjunct Professor, Appellate Advocacy
1999 - 2000 — Judge, North Carolina Court of Appeals (Popularly elected statewide)

1993 - 1998 — Partner, Stern & Klepfer, L.L.P., Greensboro, N.C.
  • General private practice
  • Awarded highest rating by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
1986-1993 — United States Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina (Appointed by President Ronald W. Reagan and retained by President George H.W. Bush)
  • Management and supervision of office responsible for representing United States in Federal Court
  • Handled variety of criminal and civil cases, including overseeing investigations, presenting matters for the United States Grand Jury, trials, preparing and arguing appeals -- personally tried numerous major cases, including international heroin smuggling and public corruption
  • Chair, Attorney General's Advisory Subcommittee on Guideline Sentencing
  • Attorney General's Advisory Subcommittee on Controlled Substances
  • Instructor at Attorney General's Advocacy Institute
1982 - 1986 — Assistant United States Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina
  • 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 violations
    • - Social security crimes
    • - Tobacco fraud
  • Briefed and argued appeals
  • Handled federal probation and parole violations
1978 - 1982 — Assistant District Attorney, Eighteenth Prosecutorial District, Guilford County, North Carolina
  • Career Criminal Prosecution Unit
  • Instructor at New Prosecutor's School at Institute of Government (now School of Government) in Chapel Hill
1975 - 1977 — U.S. Navy

Board Certifications

  • Board Certified Specialist in State and Federal Criminal Law, 1993 - present
  • Board Certified Specialist in Appellate Practice, 1994 - present

Educational Background

2002-2004 — University of Virginia School of Law
  • Master of Laws in the Judicial Process (LL.M.)
1972-1975 — The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Law
  • Juris Doctor Degree
  • Associate Justice, Holderness Moot Court Bench
  • Order of the Barristers
1969-1971 — Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York
  • Bachelor of Arts, English
  • General Honors Graduate
  • Soccer, Lacrosse
1967-1969 — Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts
  • Dean's List
  • Freshman Soccer, Freshman & Varsity Lacrosse
1964-1967 — Woodberry Forest School, Woodberry Forest, Virginia
  • Cum Laude Graduate
  • National Merit Scholarship Finalist
Memberships and Professional Organizations

  • North Carolina State Bar
    • Chair, Appellate Practice Specialization Committee (2010-present)
  • Virginia State Bar
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States District Court for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of North Carolina
  • North Carolina Bar Association
    • Vice President 2002-03
    • Appellate Rules Committee (1993-present)
  • American Bar Association
    • Ethics and Professional Responsibility Judges' Advisory
      • Committee, Chair (2006-09)
    • Executive Committee, Appellate Judges Conference
    • Judges' Journal Editorial Board (2012-present)
      • Co-Editor (2013-present)
  • Appellate Judges Education Institute
    • 2015 Program Chair
  • Judicial Conference of the United States, Advisory Committee on Criminal Rules (by appointment of Chief Justice Rehnquist and reappointment of Chief Justice Roberts) (2004-10)
  • Duke University School of Law
    • Advisory Board, Center for Judicial Studies (2011-14)
  • Greensboro Bar Association
    • Member and Past Secretary
  • Wake County Bar Association
  • National Association of Former United States Attorneys
    • Member, Board of Directors (2004-07)
  • North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys
  • Guilford Inn of Court
  • Federalist Society
  • BarCares of North Carolina, Inc.
    • Board of Directors
  • Supreme Court of North Carolina Historical Society
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law
    • Member, Law Alumni Association of Board of Directors (2006-12)
  • Rotary Club of Greensboro

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

  • 2012     James E. Cross Leadership Award, North Carolina State Bar

  • 1993     Awards and recognitions from United States Department of Justice; North Carolina Department of Justice; United States Department of Treasury; Internal Revenue Service; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; Drug Enforcement Administration; Federal Bureau of Investigation; and United States Customs Service

  • 1990     Certificate of Appreciation from the Drug Enforcement Administration for "Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Drug Law Enforcement"

  • 1988     Prosecutor of the Year, Carolinas Chapter of the International Association of Credit Card Investigators

  • 1987     Prosecutor of the Year, Third Place, International Association of Credit Card Investigators


  • "Waymaker: An interview with Justice Randy Holland," The Judges' Journal, Vol. 53, No. 3 (Summer 2014)
  • Introduction, "The Fiftieth Anniversary of the Appellate Judges Conference" The Judges' Journal, Vol. 53, No. 3 (Summer 2014)
  • "What Happens After Trial, Anyway?" North Carolina Patrolman's Journal (Spring 2014)
  • "Are You Ready?" The Judges' Journal, Vol. 52, No. 4 (Fall 2013)
  • "Waymaker: An interview with David F. Levi," The Judges' Journal, Vol. 52, No. 1 (Winter 2013)
  • "Waymaker: An interview with Justice Patricia Timmons-Goodson," The Judges' Journal, Vol. 51, No. 1 (Winter 2012)
  • "Board Certification: A Judge's Perspective" The Judges' Journal, Vol. 50, No. 3 (Summer 2011)
  • "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)


Astronomy; Bicycling; Reading.
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