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Partner Profile: Shirley Higuchi

We regularly highlight the efforts of those who work to make our justice system more accessible and equitable for all. This Partner Profile features Shirley Higuchi, Co-Chair for DCBF’s Call to Action.

Name Shirley Ann Higuchi

Job/Position Head of Legal & Regulatory Affairs

Organization American Psychological Association

Years on the Job 26

Where did you grow up? Ann Arbor, MI

What brought you to DC? Georgetown Law School

What was your first job in DC, and what did you learn? Associate, EPSTEIN BECKER GREEN. I learned healthcare law during a transformative time.


Daily Habit Yoga

Favorite app Uber

Favorite Movie Sound of Music

Favorite Restaurant Kintaro

Favorite Vacation Spot Cabo

Guilty Pleasure Red wine

One Item from your Bucket List Horse back ride in Ireland

Hobbies Yoga, horseback riding & health and wellness

Hero Late Senator Daniel K. Inouye

Your News Source USATODAY & Washington Post

One thing (other than your phone) you never leave the house without is… Sun screen

You get to paint a mural on the side of the White House. What do you paint? My photo with the Obamas


Most rewarding element of your work It ties in well with social justice & policy

Biggest failure and what you learned Not listening and being aware- I learned to listen

Three main challenges you faced early in your career One of the few women, being Asian & mentorship

If I hadn’t become a lawyer, I would be… Capitol Park police on horseback

If I weren’t working at American Psychological Association, I would be… In the Japanese American Incarceration community


Legal aid is important to me because . . . It’s doing the right thing

My dream for the legal system is… To have it adequately funded

The most pressing civil legal aid issue in DC is…. Access to services

Little known fact about your organization Cutting edge legal work in parity implementation

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