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Pursuing Justice:

A Conversation with Judge Patrick Higginbotham and Professor Michael Tigar

Webinar begins at 12 pm Central

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Duration: 1 hour

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Join The Center for American and International Law on Wednesday, January 26, as we kick off our yearlong 75th Anniversary celebration with a live virtual event featuring the unique perspectives about the Rule of Law from the Hon. Patrick Higginbotham, senior judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and Professor Michael Tigar, American criminal defense attorney and human rights activist.

Higginbotham and Tigar will explore various issues connected to the Rule of Law including the essential need for professionalism in the legal vocation, the challenge of representing unpopular clients, and the vital role of lawyers in civil society. T.L. Cubbage, president of The Center for American and International Law and former judicial clerk for Higginbotham, will moderate.

There is no cost to attend this event.

Webinar begins at 12:00 pm Central
Duration: 1 hour

Featured Guests

Hon. Patrick Higginbotham
Senior Judge
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

The Hon. Patrick E. Higginbotham was appointed to the United States District Court, Northern District of Texas, in 1975 and 1982 to the United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit. When appointed to the District Court, he was the youngest sitting judge in the United States. Over the past 57 years, Higginbotham's career has been in the courtroom, first as a trial lawyer then as a judge. He remains an ardent defender of juries. He is an editor of Moore's Federal Practice and the author of more than 4,000 judicial opinions and 58 articles and book reviews for law reviews and legal journals. He has lectured and taught courses in Constitutional Law and Federal Courts at numerous law schools throughout his career and for more than ten years at St. Mary's School of Law, San Antonio, Texas.

Professor Michael Tigar
American Criminal Defense Attorney and Human Rights Activist

Professor Michael E. Tigar has worked for over fifty years with movements for social change as a human rights lawyer, law professor, and writer. By the time he was 26, Michael Tigar was a legend in legal circles well before he would take on some of the highest-profile cases of his generation. In his first U.S. Supreme Court case—at the age of 28—Tigar won a unanimous victory that freed thousands of Vietnam War resisters from prison. Tigar also led the legal team that secured a judgment against the Pinochet regime for the 1976 murders of Pinochet opponent Orlando Letelier and his colleague Ronni Moffitt in a Washington, DC car bombing. He then worked with the lawyers who prosecuted Pinochet for torture and genocide. A relentless fighter of injustice, Tigar has been counsel to Angela Davis, Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin (H. Rap Brown), the Chicago Eight, and leaders of the Black Panther Party, to name only a few.

Moderated by

T.L. Cubbage
The Center for American and International Law

Thomas (T.L.) Cubbage III is President of The Center for American and International Law. He leads CAIL and provides direction for all the constituent institutes and programs. T.L. previously was a partner in the Washington, DC, office of Covington & Burling LLP, where his practice focused on litigation and arbitration. With Covington, he participated in a wide range of pro bono activity that included post-conviction litigation for a death row inmate in the Deep South. T.L. also served in government as Deputy Under Secretary for Science at the U.S. Department of Energy (2018−2021) and as an in-house counsel with an energy company (2003−2006). Before becoming President, T.L. had served on CAIL’s Board of Trustees and been a member of the advisory boards of CAIL’s Institute for Energy Law and Institute for Transnational Arbitration. He has taught in a program on international arbitration co-sponsored by Columbia Law School and is a member of the American Law Institute. T.L. received an undergraduate degree from Southern Methodist University and a law degree from the University of Texas at Austin, both with high honors.

TX MCLE Credit

This program is approved by the State Bar of Texas for a total of 1 hour, of which no credit hours will apply to ethics/professional responsibility credit. Course ID Number: 174147551.

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