Private practice, Mississippi, 1980-1995
State representative, Mississippi, 1984-1995
Justice, Mississippi Supreme Court, 1995-2001
Nominated to U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi, July 10, 2001; no Senate vote
The University of Mississippi School of Law draws its strength inside and outside the classroom from a dynamic faculty, whose diverse interests and experiences, serve our students and surrounding communities. The faculty offers students a wide range of practical courses from business transaction and tax courses to in-depth clinical experiences in domestic violence, immigration, and criminal appeals. Our faculty is characterized by diverse idealogical and methodological perspectives that enrich the lives of our students. The variety of textbooks and coursebooks published by our faculty in such areas of family law, intellectual property, and tort law is testament to the dedication to pedagogical method at the Law School.
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.