NC Policy Watch and the North Carolina Justice Center are proud to announce a very special Crucial Conversation luncheon:
Why courts matter (and why North Carolinians should be paying a lot more attention to them)
Featuring the Honorable James A. Wynn, Jr., Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
When: Tuesday May 21, 2013 at 12 noon – (Box lunches will be available at 11:45 a.m.)
Where: Center for Community Leadership Training Room at the Junior League of Raleigh Building, 711 Hillsborough St. at the corner of Hillsborough and St. Mary’s Streets).
Cost: $10 – includes a box lunch (lunches will be available at 11:45).
Space is limited – pre-registration required.
If there’s one branch of modern government that’s, at once, more important and more neglected by caring and thoughtful Americans than the federal judiciary, it’s hard to say what that would be. Despite its enormous importance and influence in shaping our society, the judiciary – the cases before it, the decisions it renders, and the people who comprise it – receives far less attention than it (and they) deserve.
Here in North Carolina, a seat on the Federal District Court for the Eastern District has remained vacant for seven years with scarcely a ripple of public attention.
Why is this the case? More importantly, what are the prospects for changing this dynamic and how might we go about it?
Please join us as one of North Carolina’s most distinguished jurists shares his thoughts on these and other related questions.
For almost three years, Judge Wynn  has served as a Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond, Virginia. Prior to his current position, Wynn served on both the North Carolina Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. A veteran attorney with nearly four decades of legal experience, Wynn is a North Carolina native and a graduate of Marquette University Law School and holds a Master of Laws degree from the University of Virginia School of Law.
Judge Wynn’s remarks will be followed by comments from Andrew Blotky. Blotky is the Director of the Legal Progress project at the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC  and an attorney with extensive knowledge of both federal constitutional litigation and the state of the judiciary itself.
Questions?? Contact Rob Schofield at 919-861-2065 or firstname.lastname@example.org .