Ernest L. Conner, Jr. has over twenty-five years of experience representing persons charged with crimes ranging from simple traffic offenses to DWI, Fraud, Breaking and Entering, Burglary, Kidnapping, Felonious Assaults, Murder and Death Penalty Trials, Appeals and Post-Conviction proceedings.
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 ECU 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; and Pamlico Sound Legal Services Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award, 1991. 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 received his undergraduate degree with honors from East Carolina University and his J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
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
University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
East Carolina University
Honors: with honours
Honors And Awards
Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year Award for United States Army Support Command Hawaii, 1978
ECU University Outstanding Senior Award, 1984
Recipient of the J. Kirk Osborn Award, 2007
Pitt County Legal Secretaries Boss, 1993
Outstanding Project Chair, University City Kiwanis, 1992
Pamlico Sound Legal Services Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award, 1991
Professional Associations And Memberships
Center for Death Penalty Litigation, Member
Fair Trial Initiative, Member
Pitt County Family Violence Center, Former Member Board of Directors
Judicial District 3A Bar
Pitt County Bar Association