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Patrick Higginbotham

Visiting Professor of Law


  • LL.B., University of Alabama School of Law, 1961
  • B.A., University of Alabama, 1960

License to Practice

  • Texas

Specialties and Courses

  • Federal Courts
  • Constitutional Law
  • Equal Protection in the U.S. and Europe


Judge Patrick Higginbotham of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals was the youngest sitting federal judge when he was appointed to the U.S. District Court. Judge Higginbotham is a widely respected jurist and frequent lecturer and visiting professor. He is the author of numerous scholarly works and has been widely and frequently honored for his contributions to the legal profession.

He served in the United States Air Force JAG Corps and practiced law in Dallas before being appointed to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas by President Gerald Ford in 1975. In 1982, President Ronald Reagan appointed him to the 5th Circuit. Judge Higginbotham also served as a Distinguished Visiting Jurist for the Innsbruck, Austria, summer abroad program.


Shorter Work in Collection

  • Supreme Court Practice. (Book review): An article from: Journal of Appellate Practice and Process (2010).
  • Thoughts about Professor Resnik’s paper. 148 U.Pa.L.Rev. 2197 (2000).
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