Richard E. Myers II

Henry Brandis Professor of Law Emeritus


Richard E. Myers II joined the Carolina Law faculty in 2004 and served as the Henry Brandis Distinguished Professor of Law. On Thursday, December 5, 2019, he was confirmed as a Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, filling the longest standing vacancy in the federal courts.

While at Carolina Law, his teaching and research interests included criminal law and procedure, evidence, trial practice and legal ethics. Myers is the author of numerous book chapters, articles, and essays on constitutional criminal procedure, comparative criminal law and accuracy-increasing innovations. His work has appeared in the University of Chicago Legal Forum, the University of North Carolina Law Review, the Cornell Law Review and the Duke Journal of International Law, among others. He is a co-author of Brandis & Broun on North Carolina Evidence. Myers also served as Director of Trial Advocacy for the law school.

Myers attended the UNC School of Law where he was an Articles Editor for the University of North Carolina Law Review and graduated with high honors. He holds a M.A. in History from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. After law school, Myers clerked for Judge David Sentelle of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He practiced law at O’Melveny & Myers, LLP, then served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Central District of California and the Eastern District of North Carolina prior to joining Carolina Law. Myers worked as a newspaper reporter in Wilmington, North Carolina, prior to law school.


  • J.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1998)
  • M.A. University of North Carolina at Wilmington (1994)
  • B.A. University of North Carolina at Wilmington (1989)

Selected Publications

Challenges to Terry for the Twenty-First Century, 81 MISS. L. J. 937 (The Future of Seizure Analysis Symposium) (2012).
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Who Watches the Watchers in Public Corruption Cases?, 2012 U. CHI. LEGAL F. 13 (2012).
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Complex Times Don't Call for Complex Crimes, 89 N.C. L. REV. 1849 (2011).
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Responding to the Time-Based Failures of the Criminal Law Through a Criminal Sunset Amendment, 49 B.C. L. REV. 1327 (2008).
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The Sunset Amendment: A Conservative's Case for Radical Constitutional Change FACULTY COLLOQUIA, (with Michael S. Pardo, Margaret Blair, Steven L. Schwarcz, Ani B. Satz and John Neiman, Fall 2006 Series, Colloquia. Paper 4. (2006).

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