F. Michael Higginbotham

F. Michael Higginbotham is the Joseph Curtis Professor of Law and the former Interim Dean at the University of Baltimore School of Law. He teaches courses on constitutional law and race and the law. Professor Higginbotham received a Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude from Brown University in 1979, a Juris Doctor degree from Yale University in 1982, and a Master of Laws degree with honors from Cambridge University in 1985 where he was a Rotary Scholar.

Before joining the University of Baltimore law faculty in 1988, Professor Higginbotham was a law clerk to United States Court of Appeals Judge Cecil Poole, an associate with Davis, Polk, and Wardwell, and a lecturer in law at the University of Pennsylvania.

Professor Higginbotham is the author of the book Race Law: Cases, Commentary, and Questions (Durham: Carolina Academic Press 2010). Now in its fourth edition, Race Law is widely used in colleges and law schools throughout the United States and in several foreign countries. He has published articles in Yale Law and Policy Review, Harvard Blackletter Law Journal, New York University Law Review, University of Hawaii Law Review, Columbia University International Law Journal, Boston University International Law Journal, Howard University Law Journal, and University of Illinois Law Review. He has published editorials in The New York Times, The Chronicle Review, The Boston Globe, The Baltimore Sun, and The Washington Afro-American. His latest book, Ghosts of Jim Crow: Ending Racism in Post-Racial America, was published in 2013 by NYU Press.

Professor Higginbotham is a member of Senator Barbara Mikulski’s Legal Advisory Group. He is the former Chair of the Maryland Attorney General’s Task Force On Electronic Weapons and the O’Malley/Brown Transition Team Minority Affairs Working Group. Professor Higginbotham is a Co-Founder of the Fannie Angelos Program For Academic Excellence Program and is a member of the Council On Foreign Relations. He is the former Chairperson of the Association of American Law Schools Committee on Recruitment and Retention of Minority Faculty and the former Chairman of the Board of the Public Justice Center. Professor Higginbotham was recognized in 2012 by the Daily Record with its Leadership in Law Award as one of the 25 outstanding lawyers in Maryland and by OBALB as one of the top 100 black lawyers in the United States. Professor Higginbotham is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and holds an Honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from Shenandoah University.