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School of Law

Dean Joseph Curtis Professor of
LawF. Michael Higginbotham
John and Frances Angelos Law Center, Room 1111

Administrative Assistant: Shavaun O'Brien
John and Frances Angelos Law Center, Room 1112


LL.M., Cambridge University
J.D., Yale University
A.B., Brown University

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Expertise

Constitutional Law
Equal Protection
Human Rights
Race Relations

Before joining the faculty in 1988, Higginbotham was a law clerk to United States Court of Appeals Judge Cecil F. Poole, an associate with Davis, Polk and Wardwell in Washington, D.C., and a lecturer in law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He has published articles in numerous law reviews including in the New York University Law Review, University of Hawaii Law Review,Howard University Law Journal, and the University of Illinois Law Review.

Higginbotham is the chair of the Maryland Attorney General's Task Force on Electronic Weapons, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and the former chairperson of the Association of American Law Schools Committee on Recruitment and Retention of Minority Faculty. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar. For more information, visit his website.

Selected Publications

Books and Book Chapters

Ghosts of Jim Crow: Ending Racism in "Post-Racial" America, New York University Press (February 2013)

Casebook, Race Law: Cases,Commentary, and Questions , (Third Edition), Carolina Academic Press ( May 2010)

Articles and Essays

An Open Letter from the Original Cause Lawyer, 35 La Verne Coll. of L. Rev. (forthcoming 2014).

Editorial, Ghosts of Jim Crow Haunt Us Still, Baltimore Sun, January 24, 2013

An Open Letter From Heaven to Barack Obama, 32 University of Hawaii Law Review 1 (April 2010)

Editorial, A Request From Heaven to the President, Daily News A15 (January 31,2010)

Editorial, Is America Finally Ready to Elect a Black President?, Desert Sun B8 (October 16, 2008)

Editorial, Racism Less Pervasive, More Complex, Baltimore Sun A21 (April 4, 2008)

Editorial, Recognition Long Overdue, Washington Afro-American A9 (March 31, 2007)

Editorial, After 150 Years, Worst Supreme Court Decision Ever Continues to Haunt, Washington Afro-American A8 (March 9, 2007)

Articles on Social Science Research Network

Recent Media

Op-Ed., Congress Must Act to Guard Our Most Important Right, Orlando Sentinel, Aug. 16, 2013, at p. A14.