OU Law Day Celebration to Feature Higginbotham
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 Circuit.
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. …