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Thomas C. Manning

Thomas C. Manning


  • 1977, North Carolina, South Carolina and U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina
  • 1979, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • 1980, U.S. District Court, Middle and Western Districts of North Carolina
  • 1984, U.S. Supreme Court
  • 1986, U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina

Law School

  • University of South Carolina Law School, J.D., 1977


  • Virginia Episcopal School, University of North Carolina, A.B., 1974


  • Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference (Permanent Member, 1982)
  • Wake County Bar Association (Board of Directors, 1988-1989 10th Judicial District Public Defender Selections Committee, 2005)
  • North Carolina (Board Member, Criminal Justice Section, 1984 and Chair, 1994 Annual Lecturer, Criminal Law) and American Bar Associations
  • South Carolina Bar
  • North Carolina State Bar (Member, Criminal Law Specialization Examiners, 1992-1995, 2000-2003; Chair, 2003-2005)
  • American Advocates for Justice
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • Wake County Academy of Criminal Trial Lawyers (President, 2004)


Phi Delta Phi. Senior Law Clerk to Chief Judge John D. Larkins, Jr., U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina, 1977-1978. Lecturer: Federal Public Defender Panel Lawyer Seminars. Assistant U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of North Carolina, 1978-1980. U.S. Commissioner, 1980. Permanent Delegate, Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference, 1982-present. Member, North Carolina Sentencing and Policy Advisory Commission, 1993-2000. Member and Secretary, Committee on Local Rules of Practice, 1978-1980 and Member, Pretrial Services Study Committee, 1983-1984, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina. Chair, Committee on Indigent Appointments, Tenth Judicial District of North Carolina, 1984-1987 and 2002-2003; Recipient, Howard L. Gum Service Award, N. C. Board of Legal Specialization (2007); Listed in N. C. Super Lawyers, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011; Listed in Best Lawyers in America (1994-present; Tier 1, White Collar Crime, Tier 1, Non White Collar Crime). (Board Certified Specialist in State and Federal Criminal Law, North Carolina State Bar, Board of Legal Specialization)