Sens. Burr, Tillis Applaud Nomination of Richard E. Myers as District Judge for Eastern North Carolina

Today, at the recommendation of Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC), President Trump announced his intent to nominate Richard E. Myers to fill the United States District Court vacancy for the Eastern District of North Carolina.  

“I applaud President Trump for selecting Richard Myers to fill this important seat in Eastern North Carolina,” said Senator Burr. “Professor Myers is not only a distinguished academic scholar at the University of North Carolina, but is also an alumnus, earning advanced degrees at Chapel Hill and Wilmington. He has extensive federal experience, including in the Eastern District as an Assistant U.S. Attorney. In his current role, he has also demonstrated a strong commitment to mentoring the next generation of legal minds as the advisor to UNC’s Federalist Society chapter. I believe he will serve the Eastern District honorably, and I look forward to the Senate’s consideration of this well-qualified nominee.”

“Professor Richard Myers is an outstanding choice by President Trump; a well-qualified nominee who possesses a wealth of legal experience and an inspiring personal story of living the American Dream,” said Senator Tillis. “Professor Myers’ extensive experience serving in the Department of Justice prosecuting white collar and violent crime, as well as his well-deserved reputation as one of our state’s best legal scholars provide him with the background and qualifications required to serve the Eastern District with distinction. I look forward to advancing his nomination through the Senate Judiciary Committee.”


Richard E. Myers is the Henry Brandis Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina’s School of Law. Professor Myers has been a contributor and advisor to the UNC Federalist Society since 2005.

Before joining the University’s School of Law, Myers clerked on the D.C. Court of Appeals for North Carolinian Judge David Sentelle and was the recipient of the Outstanding Service Award from the U.S. Department of Justice for his work as Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina. During this time, Myers focused on white collar and violent crimes.

Myers received his J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and M.A. and B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Myers also participated in a Howard University summer program in Cape Town, South Africa. Born in Jamaica, Myers immigrated as a child to the United States and was raised in Wilmington, North Carolina.