Keynote speaker for the University of Oklahoma College of Law's
Law Day Celebration April 15 will be A. Leon Higginbotham Jr.,
chief judge emeritus of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third
Higginbotham will speak at the 7 p.m. Law Day dinner in the
Oklahoma Memorial Union, 900 Asp Ave. A reception will precede the
dinner at 6:30 p.m. The annual awards ceremony also is scheduled
with the event.
Higginbotham, who has been called "the quintessential federal
appellate judge," was appointed to the Third Circuit panel in 1977.
Higginbotham earned his bachelor's degree at Antioch College
and his bachelor of laws degree from Yale University. Following a
judicial clerkship with Judge Curtis Bok and a two-year stint in
private practice, he began a long public legal career.
He was appointed to the federal bench by President Lyndon
Johnson in 1964, and to the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in
1977 by President Jimmy Carter.
Higginbotham is the author of numerous publications in the
areas of civil rights, racial discrimination and legal history. In
recent years, he has examined the development and history of South
African law and civil rights.
Extra-judicial activities have included service on the
Committee of U.S. Courts to Consider Standards for Admission to the
U.S. Courts, the American Bar Association Commission on
Correctional Facilities and Services, and the National Commission
on the Causes and Prevention of Violence.
To register for the Law Day dinner, call the Oklahoma
University College of Law. . .
Choctaw Police Chief John Whetsel has been named to the
21-member National Advisory Committee for the Conrad N. Hilton
Foundation, Model State Code for Family Violence Project. The
project is being coordinated by the National Council of Juvenile
and Family Court Judges.
Whetsel joins Police Chief Reuben Greenberg of Charleston,
S.C., as the two law enforcement representatives on the committee.
The committee is developing a model state code to address
issues of family violence including spouse abuse, civil protection
orders, and arrest and prosecution in domestic violence cases. . .
Joseph K. Goerke has joined the firm of Gooding, Mulinix &
Belanger as an associate. The firm's offices are located at Equity
Tower, Suite 1401, 1601 Northwest Expressway, Oklahoma City. . .
A series of continuing legal education classes will be offered
this spring by the University of Oklahoma College of Law.
One program is scheduled in Tulsa April 24. "The Oklahoma
Evidence Code Update," will be conducted at the Doubletree Hotel.
The session also will include a presentation by Leo H. Whinery,
Alfred P. Murrah Professor of Law at OU, on "Recent Legislative and
Judicial Developments." The other continuing legal education
programs will be in Oklahoma City, with the exception of one
program that will be offered in both cities. …