Judge Eugene Davis to Serve as Law Commencement Speaker


Judge W. Eugene Davis of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has been selected as the speaker for the LSU Law Commencement ceremony on May 28.

“Judge Davis’s distinguished career on the federal bench has combined insight, evenhandedness, and civility. He has fully lived up to Louisiana’s tradition of great Fifth Circuit judges. The LSU Law community is excited that a judge and a person of Judge Davis’ high caliber will share his reflections with our graduating class,” said LSU Law Chancellor Jack M. Weiss.

Davis is a graduate of Tulane Law School, receiving his LL.B. degree in 1960. He received his bachelor’s degree from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.

After working in private practice in New Orleans from 1960-1964 and New Iberia from 1964-1976, Davis was nominated by Pres. Gerald Ford to a seat in the U.S. District Court in the Western District of Louisiana. In 1983, he was nominated by Pres. Ronald Reagan to a seat in the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.

Davis is a member of the U.S. Judicial Conference’s Advisory Committee on Criminal Rules, 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.