White House Nominates Professor Richard Myers ’98 to be a Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina

August 23, 2019

The President recently announced his intent to nominate Richard E. Myers ’98, Henry P. Brandis Distinguished Professor of Law, to be a Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. Myers is being nominated to fill the longest standing vacancy in the federal courts.

A native of Kingston, Jamaica, Myers came to UNC School of Law as a student in 1995 after a career as a journalist in Wilmington, N.C. He was a Chancellors Scholar and graduated with high honors in 1998. He served as a law clerk to Chief Judge David B. Sentelle ’68 of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and practiced for two years with the Los Angeles firm of O’Melveny & Myers, LLP. 

From 2002 through 2004, Myers was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Central District of California and the Eastern District of North Carolina, where he prosecuted white collar and violent crimes. He joined the UNC School of Law faculty in 2004.

He has taught Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Professional Responsibility and a seminar on White Collar Crime, in addition to supervising Trial Advocacy courses. He served as Associate Dean for Student Affairs under Dean John Charles Boger and has been faculty adviser to both the Christian Legal Society and the Federalist Society. In the larger University, he has been an advisor to chancellors and is currently serving on the Campus Safety Commission.

“I am particularly proud that this honor goes not just to one of our great faculty members, but to a most devoted graduate of Carolina Law,” says Martin H. Brinkley ’92, dean and Arch T. Allen Distinguished Professor of Law. “Although we will miss him sorely in Chapel Hill, we rejoice in the rich contributions he will make on the Eastern District bench.”

-August 23, 2019