Bachelor, Washington and Lee University, 1959; Bachelor of Laws, Washington and Lee University, 1961.
Associate, Wicker, Baker & Goddin, Richmond, 1964-1966; partner, Smith & Shepherd, Richmond, 1966-1969; partner, Steingold, Shepherd & Steingold, Richmond, 1969-1971; assistant attorney general, Virginia Attorney General' General’ s Office, Richmond, 1971-1975; associate professor of law, University Baltimore, 1975-1978; professor of law, University Richmond, since 1978.
Captain United States Army, 1961-1964. Fellow National Juvenile Justice Center. Member Virginia Bar Association (chairman commission on needs of children since 1986).
Married Julia Ann Jett, June 18, 1960. Children: Robert E. III, Sharon Lynn, Stephanie Elizabeth.