Although Justice Edmunds is an occasional volunteer for Habitat for Humanity when his schedule permits and supports his family's commitment to historic preservation, most of his civic work is based upon his legal expertise.
He has served as a Vice President of the North Carolina Bar Association and has been a member of the Association's Appellate Rules Committee since 1993.
In 2004, late United States Chief Justice Rehnquist appointed Justice Edmunds to be the only state judge on the Judicial Conference of the United States' Advisory Committee on Criminal Rules. In 2007, United States Chief Justice Roberts reappointed Justice Edmunds to a second term on this Committee.
Other civic activities:
Chair of the Judges Advisory Committee to the American Bar Association's Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility.
Member of the Chief Justice's Commission on Actual Innocence, by appointment of former North Carolina Chief Justice Lake.
Board of Directors, Law Alumni Association of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law.
Board of Directors of BarCares, a counseling and intervention program for North Carolina lawyers and their families.
Board of Directors of the National Association of Former United States Attorneys.
Board of Directors of the North Carolina Supreme Court Historical Society.
Greensboro Rotary Club.
Member and former officer of the Greensboro Bar Association, member of the Wake County Bar Association, the Guilford Inn of Court, the Federalist Society, the North Carolina Association of Black Lawyers, and the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys.
Frequent lecturer at law schools, teacher at Continuing Legal Education and Continuing Judicial Education programs, and presenter to such groups as Inns of Court.
Regular blood donor since college.
Participant in the Lunch With A Lawyer Program, a project of the Wake County Bar Association through which attorneys and judges meet with students.
Volunteer judge for Wade Edwards Moot Court competition.