Ernest L. Conner Jr.

Murder & Capital Murder

Ernest L. Conner, Jr. has over thirty years of experience representing people on Appeals and Post-Conviction proceedings, as well as defending people charged with crimes ranging from Traffic Offenses, DWI, Fraud, Breaking and Entering, Burglary, Kidnapping, Assaults, Murder and Capital Murder, Sex Offenses, Drug Crimes, Embezzlement, etc.

 

He has extensive experience in the District and Superior Courts of North Carolina and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Middle Districts of North Carolina, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.

Conner, a US Army veteran, is the recipient of the 1978 Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year Award for United States Army Support Command Hawaii, the East Carolina University Outstanding Senior Award for 1984, and the 2007 recipient of the J. Kirk Osborn Award for excellence in service and mentoring through encouragement and example on behalf of indigent men and women. He is a board member of the Center for Death Penalty Litigation and North Carolina Advocates for Justice; a former member of the Board of Directors for the Pitt County Family Violence Center; Pitt County Legal Secretaries’ Boss of the Year 1993; Outstanding Project Chair, University City Kiwanis, 1992. He was 2010 Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Fair Trial Initiative, working in North Carolina and surrounding states to ensure fairness for indigent defendants facing the death penalty, and to help address systemic inequalities in the justice system’s handling of capital cases. He formerly chaired the criminal justice section of the North Carolina Bar Association

He received his undergraduate degree with honors from East Carolina University and his Juris Doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Litigation Percentage

90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

North Carolina, 1987
U.S. District Court Eastern District of North Carolina
U.S. District Court Middle District of North Carolina
U.S. Bankruptcy Court Middle District of North Carolina
U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of North Carolina
U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court

Education

University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Juris Doctorate
East Carolina University
Honors

Honors And Awards

Charles Becton Teaching Award, 2018
Recipient of the J. Kirk Osborn Award, 2007
Pitt County Legal Secretaries Boss of the Year, 1993
Outstanding Project Chair, University City Kiwanis, 1992
Pamlico Sound Legal Services Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award, 1991
American Jurisprudence Award in Constitutional Law, 1986
East Carolina University Outstanding Senior Award, 1984
Meritous Service Medal w/ Oak Leaf Cluster, 1981
Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year Award for United States Army Support Command Hawaii, 1978

Professional Associations And Memberships

North Carolina Advocates for Justice-board member
Center for Death Penalty Litigation, Member
Fair Trial Initiative, Member
Pitt County Family Violence Center
Former Member Board of the Pitt County Bar Association