The articles in this Symposium tribute to Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. emphasize his mentoring as well as his message. This demonstrates that one of the Judge's most important legacies was his "people legacy"—his continual training of the next generation of leaders in ways that would keep alive the more than four-hundred-year-long struggle of American racial justice. The Judge also had a distinct vison of American law, the vision of "we the people” of self-evident truths that "all men are created equal." His second vision was that of "we the people of color," the one that is symbolized by the urban decay just a few blocks away from Independence Hall. It is the vision that caused the Judge, over and over again during his distinguished career, to ask the hard questions, the questions many do not want to hear.
A Symposium Tribute to Judge A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr.: The Mentor and His Message, 33 LOY. L.A. L. REV. 973