About Robert J. Conrad Jr.

Robert James (“Bob”) Conrad Jr. is a U.S. District Judge for the Western District of North Carolina and served as chief judge from 2006 to 2013. He served as the Fourth Circuit’s district court representative on the United States Judicial Conference from 2014 to 2020 and was a member of the Executive Committee of the Judicial Conference.

This article represents solely the opinions of its author. It does not purport to speak for colleagues on the Western District of North Carolina (WDNC) bench or the Administrative Office of the Courts (AO). Nonetheless, the successful experiment with conducting jury trials during a COVID-19 crisis could not have happened without the collaboration of both. Special thanks to law student Domenica Russo for her assistance in writing this paper; and to daughter-in-law, Lindsey Conrad, and other citizens who volunteered to serve as jurors in our mock trials.


Written by Robert J. Conrad Jr.