A. Leon Higginbotham Corporate Leadership Award Dinner
The A. Leon Higginbotham Corporate Leadership Award is named in honor of Judge A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr., a pioneering civil rights advocate, author and federal appeal court judge.
The Honorable Judge Higginbotham served as a special deputy state attorney general, a special hearing officer for the conscientious objections for the United States Department of Justice and a commissioner on the Pennsylvania Human Rights Commission. He was appointed a commissioner on the Federal Trade Commission by President Kennedy, the first African American so appointed on a regulatory commission.
In 2000, the Lawyers’ Committee established the Higginbotham Award to recognize exemplary corporate leadership with respect to advancing diversity and equal opportunity—particularly leadership in recruiting, retaining and promoting minorities in the workplace. The annual presentation of the Higginbotham Award encourages corporations to reflect in their business and charitable practices the spirit of equal opportunity embodied in our constitutional democracy.