09.11.19

Sen. Burr Introduces Eastern District Court Nominee Richard E. Myers at Senate Confirmation Hearing

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) introduced Professor Richard E. Myers at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee to serve as a U.S. District Judge for Eastern North Carolina.  Professor Myers was nominated for the seat by President Trump on August 14th at Senator Burr’s recommendation.

Burr Introduces Myers

Senator Burr introduces Professor Myers to the Senate Judiciary Committee. To watch his full opening remarks, click here.

Myers Before Judiciary

Professor Myers prepares for his Senate confirmation hearing to be a U.S. District Judge for Eastern North Carolina.

Excerpt of Senator Burr’s Remarks:

“I am honored to be able to introduce Professor Myers, and I believe his story is one we can all admire and appreciate.

“Professor Myers immigrated to the United States from Kingston, Jamaica at the age of 10, and moved with his family to Wilmington, in the Eastern District of North Carolina, where his mother and brothers still reside.  He is a first generation college student, having received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington…From there, he headed to law school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, graduating magna cum laude, and began his legal career as a clerk for Judge David Sentelle on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

“Professor Myers then went on to private practice, working at a large law firm on white collar criminal law and environmental and regulatory compliance issues.  While he was there, our nation was attacked by terrorists on September 11, 2001. And while this act of evil was a turning point for our country, it was also a turning point for Professor Myers.  Like so many others, in the wake of tragedy he answered the call to service, dedicating his legal abilities to our nation’s justice system as an Assistant U.S. Attorney.  He served first in the Central District of California and then in the Eastern District of North Carolina. Professor Myers has said that choosing this new path ‘was something I felt that I could do and that I owed to a country that had been really good to my family.’  

“Today is the 18th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, and we remember the great loss America suffered that day.  But I am grateful that Professor Myers is still answering the call to serve North Carolina and his country by being here today.

“After the U.S. Attorney's office, Myers became a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, instructing the next generation of lawyers to be people who, in his own words, ‘do the right thing every day.’  In this role, he has contributed not only to the education of his law students, but has supported their work for public interest organizations. 

 “Professor Myers is well-regarded, well-qualified, and I have faith in his ability to ‘do the right thing every day’ in serving as a judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina.  I am grateful for the opportunity to speak on his behalf today, and it is my hope he will be swiftly confirmed for this judgeship.”