James Carr, clerk of superior court from 1976 to 2002, attended North Carolina State University and received his law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He passed the bar in 1965 and was admitted to the North Carolina Bar. He was admitted to practice before the United States Federal Court’s Middle District of North Carolina and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Carr began working in a private practice with former mayor and future district attorney Dan K. Edwards. In 2002, Governor Michael Easley presented Carr with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, presented to outstanding North Carolinians who have a proven record of service to the state.
James Carr’s father, Leo Carr, was a Superior Court judge in Alamance County and resident judge for Alamance and Durham counties, as well as a solicitor for Durham County.