USD School of Law Alumni Receive Law Library Foundation 2019 Witkin Awards

Hon. Victor E. Bianchini ’63 (JD) and Craig DeWitt Higgs ’69 (JD) Receive 2019 Witkin Awards

Alumni Winners

SAN DIEGO (August 27, 2019) – The San Diego Law Library Foundation recently announced the Bernanrd E. Witkin Award Ceremony will be held on October 17. This year’s honorees include two University of San Diego (USD) School of Law alumni, the 

The Honorable Victor E. Bianchini (Ret.) was awarded the Witkin Award for Exccellence in the Adjudication of the Law. Judge Bianchini was appointed a Federal Magistrate Judge for The Southern District of California in 1974. After 8 1/2 years of service, he was appointed to the State Court Bench. He retired from the Superior Court in San Diego to pursue his passion for mediation as a full time neutral in 2002. He was later recruited by the Federal Courts in New York as a settlement judge for complex civil litigation and prisoner civil rights matters.

Craig DeWitt Higgs was awarded the Witkin Award for Excellence in the Practice of Law (posthumous). Higgs was an attorney at Higgs, Fletcher & Mack LLP in San Diego, CA. Craig spent the remainder of his career at the firm, where he initially practiced defense work, later began representing plaintiffs, and ultimately started a successful mediation practice. Craig received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the USD School of Law and served on the USD School of Law Board of Visitors.

About the University of San Diego School of Law

Recognized for the excellence of its faculty, curriculum and clinical programs, the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law educates approximately 800 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world.  The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest law and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 84 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates.  The law school's faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 36th nationally among U.S. law faculties in scholarly impact and 29th nationally in past-year faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN).  The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.


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