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On June 7, 2018, more than 125 friends, classmates, and family members came together to pay tribute to John E. Higgins ’89, who was remembered as a loving father and successful lawyer whose impact reached beyond the Albany Law School community.
Photos: Celebration of John E. Higgins ’89
The event in the Albany Law courtyard served as the kickoff to the John E. Higgins ’89 Memorial Scholarship Fund. Over $93,000 has been raised to date for the Higgins Memorial Scholarship, which was established through a leadership gift from Susan H. Hacker and James E. Hacker ’84, Chair of the Albany Law School Board of Trustees. The scholarship will be awarded to a black or Hispanic student at Albany Law School.
Higgins was a captain of the student rugby team, a friend and mentor to many Albany Law students and Black Law Students Association (BLSA) members, and an active member of the legal community. Chair Hacker, Capital District Black and Hispanic Bar Association President Jennifer Richardson ’04, Albany Law School President and Dean Alicia Ouellette ’94, the Honorable Randolph F. Treece ’76, Jackson Lewis Partner William J. Anthony, and members of the Higgins family took to the lectern to memorialize and reminisce about John.
John Higgins also posthumously received the 2018 Peter M. Pryor Pioneer Award from the Capital District Black and Hispanic Bar Association. Judge Treece presented the award to the Higgins family.
Higgins passed away in September 2017. He was born in Charleston, S.C., on June 28, 1961, and attended the Albany Academy for Boys, Hamilton College, and Albany Law School, Class of 1989. A management-side labor lawyer who received several awards for his litigation skills, Higgins started his career at Bond, Schoeneck and King in 1990. He then went on to work at Cusic, Hacker and Murphy; Nixon Peabody; and finally Jackson Lewis. Higgins participated in several professional organizations, including the Albany County Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, and the Committee on Minorities in the Profession. He also was a past president of the Capital District Black and Hispanic Bar Association.
If you wish to contribute to the John E. Higgins ’89 Memorial Scholarship Fund, please visit
albanylaw.edu/Higgins. For questions, contact the Albany Law School Office of Institutional Advancement at (518) 445-3213.
The event was presented by Albany Law School, the Capital District Black and Hispanic Bar Association, and Jackson Lewis. Other sponsors included: Bond, Schoeneck and King; E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy; Nixon Peabody; Law Office of Patricia L. R. Rodriguez; Albany County Bar Association; Clay Deniger; Rivers Casino; Patrick K. Jordan ’02 and Laura M. Jordan ’03; Drinker Biddle; Kevin, Jane, Olivia and Julian Higgins; Brown and Weinraub, PLLC; Hon. Diane Davis ’91; Elaine H. Bartley ’93; Smith, Dominelli and Guetti LLC; Hon. Glen Bruening ’89; and Brian W. Devane ’89.