Law clerk, Hon. William J. Brennan, Jr., Supreme Court of the United States, 1960-1961
Private practice, Washington, D.C., 1961-1964
Private practice, Texarkana, Arkansas, 1964-1973
Delegate, seventh Arkansas constitutional convention, 1969-1970
Legislative secretary, Gov. Dale Bumpers, Arkansas, 1973-1974
Legislative assistant, U.S. Sen. Dale Bumpers, Arkansas, 1975-1978
Nominated to U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, December 14, 1979; nomination withdrawn by president, December 19, 1979
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