Ripley Rand (University of North Carolina, University of North Carolina School of Law) was nominated on July 28 to be the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina. He would succeed Anna Mills S. Wagoner, who resigned as U.S. Attorney in August.
- Born in Durham, N.C, in 1967.
- Has been a University of North Carolina School of Law Alumni Association board member since 2007. He was also on the Board of Visitors at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 2004 to 2008.
- Has served as a special superior court judge for the state of North Carolina since 2006. He was also a special superior court judge from 2002 to 2006. Between the two stints as special superior court judge, he was a resident superior court judge.
- Co-authored a children’s book, “I Want to Go to UNC!,” which was published in 2005.
- Served on the Wake County Bar Association/Tenth Judicial District Bar Association boards from 2006 to 2007.
- Has been the director/secretary of Summit House of North Carolina, a non-profit organization that helps mothers convicted of non-violent crimes, since 2003.
- Was a political organizer The Mike Easley Committee (for Governor) in 2000 and The Mike Easley Committee (for Attorney General) in 1992.
- Was an assistant district attorney in Wake County, N.C., from 1997 to 2002, serving as the director of the domestic violence unit and later as a member of the dangerous offenders task force.
- Was an assistant district attorney in Cumberland County, N.C., in 1997.
- Clerked for U.S. District Judge James A. Beaty Jr. in the Middle District of North Carolina from 1996 to 1997.
- Was a research assistant for North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Burley B. Mitchell Jr. from 1995 to 1996.
- Was a researcher for the law firm of Michaels and Jones (now Martin & Jones PLLC) in Raleigh, N.C.
- Was a disc jockey at WXDU-Durham 88.7 FM from 1994 to 2000.
- Was a summer associate at Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice PLLC in Winston-Salem, N.C., in 1993 and 1994.
- Was a summer associate at Manning Fulton & Skinner PA in Winston-Salem, N.C., in 1994.
- Was a research assistant at the North Atlantic Assembly (now NATO Parliamentary Assembly) in 1991.
- Was an assistant in 1990 at Lithotripters Inc. (now owned by Prime Medical), which was a company that specialized in instruments that pulverize kidney stones.
- Was a projectionist at Ram Triple Movie Theatre in 1990.
- Is a member of the Wake County Chitlin’ Club, a group of men who meet once a year to “eat country cooking and talk about politics.”
- Contributed lyrics and vocals to “Don’t Do the Math” on the “Undefeated in Apex” album by The Balsa Gliders, an indie rock group.
- Has tried about 20 jury trial cases and “hundreds” of non-jury trial cases as a prosecutor. He served as sole counsel in the majority of his cases.
- Presided over more than 150 jury trials and about 9,000 non-jury proceedings as a state judge.
Click here for his Senate Judiciary Committee questionnaire.
On his Office of Government Ethics financial disclosure, Rand reported making $113,616.52 as a state judge since January 2009. He also reported $63 earned from the sale of his book since 2009.
UPDATE: On his Senate Judiciary financial disclosure, Rand reported assets valued at almost $1.2 million, mostly from real estate, and $142,800 in liabilities from mortgages, for a net worth of more than $1 million.