Born Greenwood, Mississippi; admitted to bar, 1981, Mississippi; 1985, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Mississippi; 1985, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Mississippi; 1985, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit. Preparatory education, University of Mississippi (B.A., summa cum laude, 1977); legal education, Mississippi College School of Law (J.D. with distinction, 1981). Fraternities: Omicron Delta Kappa; Phi Kappa Phi; Phi Alpha Delta. Co-chairman, Moot Court Board, Appellate Division, 1980-1981. Recipient, American Jurisprudence Award, Estate and Gift Taxation. Member: Leflore County Bar Association; Mississippi Bar Association; Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association (Director, 1992-1995; President, 2001); DRI State Representative, 2009B2012. (Resident, Greenwood Office).