The Lynchburg paper has this profile of favorite son Bill Petty, just voted in by the General Assembly to become of member of the Virginia Court of Appeals.
The article quotes Petty as saying: "My father once told me, 'Son, the way you argue you’ll have to be a lawyer or you’ll always be fired from every job.'"
Petty also cites the influence of a judge from his early days as an assistant prosecutor: "Judge Cundiff was a wonderful teacher. He didn’t have patience for people who weren’t professional in what they did. He was always teaching you. Never a day went by when I didn’t learn anything. Some of them hurt."