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Loyola law professor reaches final step in appointment to federal bench

July 22, 2011

The nomination process for Loyola University New Orleans College of Law associate professor and Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Higginson to fill a vacancy on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has reached its final step.

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved Higginson on a voice vote without objection. In May, President Barack Obama announced his intention to fill the vacancy and Higginson was put into nomination soon thereafter. Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) are supporting Higginson and enthusiastically expressed their accolades for him at the committee meeting in June. Higginson’s nomination now moves out of committee and into the full Senate for approval.

Higginson became a full-time member of Loyola's law faculty in 2004 and teaches constitutional law, evidence and criminal law. He began his distinguished legal career at the federal level in 1989. Since 1993, Higginson has served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Louisiana, where he became the chief of appeals in 1995. As chief of appeals, Higginson has personally handled or supervised all criminal and civil appeals in the Fifth Circuit, editing or writing more than 100 appellate briefs and presenting numerous oral arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Higginson is a recipient of the Department of Justice’s awards for superior and outstanding performance as a federal prosecutor.

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