People use the word “legend” indiscriminately, but
it applies to Judge A. Leon Higginbotham, who fought against discrimination
and left an indelible imprint at Penn Law and on the entire country.
Higginbotham was Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for
the Third Circuit, president of the Philadelphia NAACP, adjunct
faculty member and chair of Penn Law’s Board of Overseers.
To commemorate his achievements, Penn Law has hung a portrait
of Higginbotham at the top of the stairs in the Great Hall, near
Law School founder, James Wilson. The portrait, unveiled at the
Sadie T.M. Alexander Commemorative Conference, was a gift to the
school from Robert Potamkin L’70, who was a law clerk for