Patrick Higginbotham

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Patrick Higginbotham
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Current Court Information:
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Title:   Senior Judge
Service:
Appointed by:   Ronald Reagan
Active:   07/30/1982 - 08/27/2006
Senior:   08/28/2006 - Present
Preceded by:   Reynaldo Guerra Garza
Past post:   Northern District of Texas
Past term:   1975 - 1982
Past position:   Seat #5
Personal History
Born:   1938
Hometown:   McCalla, AL
Undergraduate:   University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, 1960
Law School:   University of Alabama School of Law, 1961

Patrick Errol Higginbotham (b.1938) is a federal appeals judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He joined the court in 1982 after being nominated by President Ronald Reagan. Higginbotham is serving on senior status.

Early life and education

Born in McCalla, Alabama, Higginbotham graduated from University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa with his bachelor's degree in 1960 and later from University of Alabama School of Law with his Law degree in 1961.[1]

Professional career

Higginbotham served as a Judge Advocate in the U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General Corps from 1961 to 1964. Higginbotham was a private practice attorney in Texas from 1964 to 1975 and also served Adjunct Professor of Law at Southern Methodist University Law School in 1976.[1]

Judicial career

Northern District of Texas

Higginbotham was nominated to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas by President Gerald Ford on December 2, 1975, to a seat vacated by Sarah Hughes. Higginbotham was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on December 12, 1975, on a Senate vote and received commission on December 12, 1975.[1] Higginbotham was succeeded in this position by Joe Fish.

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

On the recommendation of U.S. Senator Phil Gramm, Higginbotham was nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit by President Ronald Reagan on July 1, 1982 to a seat vacated by Reynaldo Garza as Garza assumed senior status. Higginbotham was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 27, 1982, and received commission on July 30, 1982. Higginbotham assumed senior status on August 28, 2006.[1]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Sarah Hughes
Northern District of Texas
1975–1982
Seat #5
Succeeded by:
Joe Fish
Preceded by:
Reynaldo Garza
Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
1982–present
Succeeded by:
Jennifer Elrod