Assistant attorney general, Commonwealth of Virginia, 1965-1966
Law clerk, Hon. Clement Haynsworth, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 1966-1968
Private practice, Abingdon, Virginia, 1968-1971
Private practice, Bristol, Virginia, 1971-1995
State senator, Virginia, 1983-1988
Member, Virginia State Board of Education, 1990-1996
Nominated to U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia, May 16, 1979; 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.