Loyola’s Higginson to be nominated to US Fifth Circuit

Loyola University New Orleans associate professor Stephen Higginson will be nominated for a position on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, it was announced this week. President Barack Obama will nominate Higginson, who will then have to be approved by the U.S. Senate.

Since 2004, Higginson has served as an associate professor at Loyola teaching constitutional law, evidence and criminal law. Higginson become an Assistant U.S. Attorney in 1993 in the Eastern District of Louisiana, and in 1995 became chief of appeals. While chief of appeals, Higginson handled more than 100 appellate briefs and supervised all criminal and civil appeals before the Fifth Circuit. In his time as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Higginson received the Department of Justice’s awards for superior and outstanding performance as a federal prosecutor.

Both Louisiana Senators, Mary Landrieu and David Vitter, have voiced their support for Higginson’s anticipated nomination.

In other news, Goodwin Liu requested Wednesday that President Obama withdraw his nomination for the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Liu, a professor at UC Berkeley, Law School, was nominated in February 2010 but a vote on his appointment was successfully filibustered in the U.S. Senate last week.