Private practice, 1983-1988
Assistant U.S. attorney, Western District of North Carolina, 1989-2001
U.S. attorney for the Western District of North Carolina, 2001-2005
Nominated to U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, April 28, 2003; no Senate vote
Nominated to U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, July 17, 2007; 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.