History of the Federal Judiciary


  Biographical Directory of Federal Judges
Higginbotham, Patrick Errol
Born 1938 in McCalla, AL

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
Nominated by Gerald Ford on December 2, 1975, to a seat vacated by Sarah T. Hughes. Confirmed by the Senate on December 12, 1975, and received commission on December 12, 1975. Service terminated on August 3, 1982, due to appointment to another judicial position.

Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Nominated by Ronald Reagan on July 1, 1982, to a seat vacated by Reynaldo Guerra Garza. Confirmed by the Senate on July 27, 1982, and received commission on July 30, 1982. Assumed senior status on August 28, 2006.

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

Professional Career:
U.S. Air Force judge advocate, 1961-1964
Private practice, Dallas, Texas, 1964-1975
Adjunct professor of constitutional law, Southern Methodist University Law School, 1976

 

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