Chief Judge Harry T. Edwards of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit was honored at the 44th Convention of the National Black Law Students' Association in March, states the NYU School of Law on their site.
Judge Edwards was given the A. Leon Higginbotham award is given annually at the conference. The award is named after a former federal judge of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.
Judge Edwards took senior status in 2005 and served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit since February 1980. He served as Chief Judge from September 15, 1994 to July 15, 2001.
A graduate of Cornell University and the University of Michigan Law School, Judge Edwards worked at Seyfarth, Shaw, Fairweather & Geraldson for five years, prior to joining academia. He was a tenured member of faculty at the University of Michigan Law School and taught there from 1970-1975, and again from 1977-1980. He also taught at Harvard Law School from 1975-1977.
He has authored many books and papers, most notably Federal Courts -- Standards of Review: Appellate Court Review of District Court Decisions and Agency Actions.
The Higginbotham Award represents an inspirational character in the history of the legal profession. An African American, Higginbotham grew up in the era of the Great Depression and the era of Jim Crow, only to go on to attend Yale Law School, graduating with honors.
He was the youngest and first African American District Attorney in the City of Philadelphia.
A notable civil rights activist, the Higginbotham award is a great honor and served to recognize its 2012 recipient well.