Judge W. Eugene Davis
U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
THE HONORABLE W. EUGENE DAVIS is a graduate of Tulane Law School, receiving an L.L.B. degree in 1960. He received his undergraduate degree from Samford University and also attended the University of Alabama. Judge Davis is married to the former Celia Chalaron. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Maritime Law Association of the United States and the Louisiana Bar Association. Judge Davis served as a United States District Judge for the Western District of Louisiana, 1976-1983. He was appointed United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit on November 16, 1983, and entered on duty December 9, 1983. Judge Davis was appointed as a member of the Advisory Committee on Criminal Rules on October 1, 1995. He became Chairman of this Committee on October 1, 1997 and served as Chairman until October 2001 when his term of service ended. Judge Davis received the prestigious 2014 American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the Fifth Circuit at the American Inns of Court Celebration of Excellence held at the Supreme Court of the United States in October of 2014. Judge Davis was inducted into the Tulane Law School Hall of Fame in March of 2015. In September, 2017, Judge Davis was honored as the “Distinguished Jurist Lafayette Parish Bar Association Hall of Fame” and in April, 2018, Judge Davis was also honored as the “2017 Distinguished Jurist” by the Louisiana Bar Foundation.