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N.C. Supreme Court Justice Edmunds visits Federalist Society meeting
Bob EdmundsNorth Carolina Supreme Court Associate Justice Robert Edmunds was the first major speaker featured by the Federalist Society Thursday, Oct. 25. Edmunds talked about an 1857 case in which Abraham Lincoln served as defense counsel and discussed a variety of legal issues in the case with students.

Edmunds has served on the state Supreme Court since January 2001. He served as associate judge on the North Carolina Court of Appeals from 1999 to 2001. Edmunds also has extensive experience as an attorney, practicing with Stern & Klepfer, LLP. from 1993 to 1998. He served as U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina from 1986 to 1993, where he handled criminal and civil cases, oversaw investigations and presented matters for the grand jury, trials, and briefing and arguing appeals. His experience also extends to criminal matters including drug trafficking, food stamp fraud, credit card fraud, gray-market smuggling of automobiles, bank fraud, bank robbery, firearm violation, social security crimes and other federal offenses.

Edmunds is member of the Greensboro Bar Association, the Guilford Inn of Court, the Appellate Rules Study Committee for the North Carolina Bar Association and he served on the board of directors for the Greensboro Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association from 1997 to 1998.

Additional honors and awards include the 1990 Certificate of Appreciation from the Drug Enforcement Administration for outstanding contributions in the field of drug law enforcement. In 1993, he received awards from the U.S. Department of Justice, the Internal Revenue Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

He also has numerous publications, including most recently “How Can You Defend Those People?” published in the North Carolina State Bar Journal (Fall, 2003).