The Center for American and International Law Examines the Lives and Impact of MLK and RFK at the 2018 Higginbotham Lecture

The Center for American and International Law (CAIL) is pleased to host the 2018 Higginbotham Lecture Series on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at the Dallas Hyatt.  For the Lecture, CAIL welcomes Douglas Brinkley – CNN presidential historian, bestselling author, and a Rice University history professor. Fifty years ago on April 4, 1968, Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. Two months later, Senator Robert F. Kennedy was killed.  Mr. Brinkley will share his perspective of The Lives and Deaths of MLK and RFK: A Remembrance of Their Impact After Fifty Years in a conversation with Talmage Boston, a Dallas lawyer and author of four history books. Mr. Boston, of Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton, LLP, serves as the 2018 Higginbotham Lecture Chair.

Eight of Mr. Brinkley’s books have been selected as The New York Times Notable Books of the Year, and each of his most-recent publications has been The New York Times bestsellers. Mr. Brinkley serves as a contributing editor for Vanity Fair, Audubon, and American Heritage, and is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic Monthly.

In addition to the moderated conversation, Charles W. Matthews will receive CAIL’s most significant honor, the Award for Achievement in the Pursuit of Justice for All. Mr. Matthews is the former General Counsel of the Exxon Mobil Corporation.

“CAIL is very excited to be able to present Doug Brinkley as our speaker on the anniversary of such a meaningful date in our Nation’s history,” said Chair of the CAIL Board of Trustees, Harriet Miers. “We also are delighted to be able to celebrate the illustrious career and immense contributions of Charles Matthews as he is presented the Achievement in the Pursuit of Justice Award,” she added.

The 2018 Higginbotham Lecture will take place at the Dallas Hyatt. Doors open at 11:30 am and the program will begin promptly at Noon. Dress is business attire. Individual tickets are $250 and tables start at $2,000. All proceeds benefit CAIL. Visit or contact Susan Davis at or 972.244.3419 for more information. 

About The Center for American and International Law (CAIL)

CAIL is a nonprofit institution dedicated to improving the quality of justice through the education of lawyers and law enforcement officials in the United States and throughout the world.

Founded in 1947 by Robert Storey, Dean of the SMU School of Law, CAIL was a pioneer in continuing education. Today, CAIL counts tens of thousands of lawyers and law enforcement officers from all 50 states and 130 countries as its program participants. CAIL accomplishes its work through its five educational institutes, special programming, and activities. Find out more at

About The Higginbotham Lecture Series

Created in 2013, the Higginbotham Lecture Series serves as a tribute to Judge Patrick E. Higginbotham and to thank him for the twelve years he spent as the Chair of CAIL’s Board of Trustees. The Series strives to provide meaningful commentary on current trends pertaining to the rule of law and to bring together the biggest legal names for education and discussion. All proceeds from the event benefit CAIL.