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Judge W. Eugene Davis


2014 American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the Fifth Circuit Recipient

ALEXANDRIA, VA--The Honorable W. Eugene Davis has been selected to receive the prestigious 2014 American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the Fifth Circuit. The award will be presented at the Fifth Circuit's Annual Judicial Conference in May by Chief Judge Carl E. Stewart and Brigadier General Malinda Dunn, (Ret.), executive director of the American Inns of Court.

Davis is a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He was first appointed to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana in 1976 by President Gerald Ford. In 1983, President Ronald W. Reagan elevated Judge Davis to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, where he serves today.

He is a former member of the Advisory Committee on Criminal Rules of the U.S. Judicial Conference, which he chaired for four years. He is also a member of the American Bar Association, the Maritime Law Association of the United States, and the Louisiana Bar Association. Davis has been actively involved with LSU Law, serving as presiding judge in the final round of the Robert Lee Tullis Moot Court Competition during the 2007-2008 academic year. He also hosts LSU law students each semester as part of the school's Judicial Externship program.

Davis is a native of Alabama who earned his undergraduate degree from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. He obtained his LL.B. degree from Tulane University Law School in 1960. Upon graduation, he practiced law with the Phelps Dunbar law firm in New Orleans, and from 1964-1976 with the firm of Caffery, Duhé and Davis in New Iberia, LA. He and his wife Celia reside in New Iberia.

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