Robert E. Payne


Judge Payne presented this address at The Sixth Annual Austin Owen Lecture on November 18, 1997. The Honorable Austin E. Owen attended Richmond College from 1946-47 and received his law degree from The T.C. Williams School of Law in 1950. During his distinguished career, Judge Owen served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; a partner in Owen, Gray, Rhodes, Betz, Smith and Dickerson; and was appointed Judge of the Second Judicial Circuit of Virginia where he served until his retirement in 1990. The Law School community grieved the loss of this distinguished alumnus upon his death in March, 1995. In 1991, Judge Owen's daughter, Dr. Judith O. Hopkins, W'74, and son-in-law, Dr. Marbry B. Hopkins, R'74, established the Austin Owen Lecture which is held each fall at the Law School.