Friday, May 05, 2006

Great profile of General District Court Judge Lookabill

The Roanoke paper has this delightful account of how the new general district court judge made it from shoe shine boy to the judiciary.

It begins:

"Popular imagination has it that judges, like others at the top of their field, are hard-driving people who knew what they wanted to be at 12 and sprinted and clawed after it.

But as recently sworn-in District Judge Royce Glenwood Lookabill tells it, his trajectory from shoeshine boy to the black robe is more a tale of random choices and auspicious breaks."

One such break was that one pair of shoes he used to shine belonged to Virginia Supreme Court Justice Alex Harman, for whom Judge Lookabill later clerked after law school.

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