Judge Patrick E. Higginbotham

Extended Faculty


  • 210 Science Drive
    Box 90360
    Durham, NC 27708-0360

Judge Patrick E. Higginbotham is a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, having been appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1982. From 1975 to 1982, he was United States District Judge for the Northern District of Texas. He received a B.A. and LL.B. from the University of Alabama, and was in private practice in Dallas before being appointed to the bench. He assumed senior status in 2006, but still maintains a full judicial workload as well as teaching constitutional law at St. Mary’s Law School. He is author of many law review articles, and has served in several capacities on judicial committees dealing the judicial administration and the federal rules. He is a life member of the American Law Institute. He frequently lectures at law schools on such topics as the death penalty and jury trials. His chambers are in Austin, Texas.