Campbell Law School

Justice Robert Edmunds


Justice Robert Edmunds attended Williams College and graduated with honors from Vassar College.  He earned his JD at the School of Law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a justice on the Holderness Moot Court.

Justice Edmunds joined the United States Navy after law school, earning his commission in Pensacola, Florida.  After completing his military service in 1977, he became an Assistant District Attorney for the Eighteenth Judicial District (Guilford County), where he was appointed to the Career Criminal Prosecution Unit.  In 1982, he was appointed Assistant United States Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina.

In 1986, Justice Edmunds was appointed United States Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina by President Ronald Reagan and later retained by President George H. W. Bush.  As Chair of the Attorney General’s Advisory Subcommittee on Guideline Sentencing, he testified before the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Sentencing Commission.

After leaving federal service in 1993, Justice Edmunds became a partner in the Greensboro firm of Stern and Klepfer.  While in private practice, he was designated as a Specialist in State and Federal Criminal Law and as a Specialist in Federal Criminal Appeals.

Justice Edmunds was elected to the North Carolina Court of Appeals in 1998.  He was elected to the Supreme Court in 2000 and reelected in 2008.  By appointment of the Chief Justice of the United States, he has served as the only State judge on the Criminal Rules Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States.