U.S. Navy aviation cadet, 1942-1943
U.S. Marine Corps lieutenant, 1943-1945
Instructor, Pensacola Naval Air Station, 1945
Private practice, Houston, Texas, 1949-1954
Private practice, Beaumont, Texas, 1954-1985
Nominated to U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, September 10, 1984; no Senate vote
University of Virginia School of Law
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.