U.S. Army, 1955-1957
Private practice, Monroe, Louisiana, 1962-1972
State representative, Louisiana, 1968-1972
Judge, Louisiana District Court, Fourth Judicial District, 1972-1974
Judge, Louisiana Court of Appeal, Second Judicial Circuit, 1974-1975
Associate justice, Supreme Court of Louisiana, 1975-1995
Nominated to U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, June 8, 1994; no Senate vote
Virginia is justly famous for its collegial environment that bonds students and faculty, and student satisfaction is consistently cited as among the highest in American law schools. Intellectual challenges are met in a spirit of cooperation. Small first-year sections promote individual inquiry while providing support and friendship. Students learn together, reading each other's work and freely sharing course outlines and other materials, confidently relying on the nation's oldest student-run Honor System to maintain the highest ethical standards.