The 2024 Honorable Clifford Scott Green Lecture Leadership as Legacy and Innovation: A Conversation with Fred Humphries (LAW ‘86)

April 4, 2024 
12:00 PM 
Duane Morris LLP Moot Court Room   


Judge Clifford Scott Green was a legal giant, a trailblazer whose accomplishments continue to inspire us today. A teacher and community leader, Judge Green grounded his service in an ethic of care for those around him and those to come. Frederick S. Humphries, Jr., who serves as the Corporate Vice President, U.S. Government Affairs at Microsoft Corporation, joins us as this year’s guest speaker. Mr. Humphries is Microsoft’s chief public policy advocate, and in that role sets the company’s government engagement strategy on the most pressing policy issues facing the technology industry to earn trust and adapt to regulation, enable inclusive economic growth, and use technology to solve big societal problems. He will join Dean Rachel Rebouché in a fireside chat about his work at Microsoft and its roots in his father’s pioneering leadership in education for Black students. 



Frederick S. Humphries, Jr. 

Corporate Vice President, U.S. Government Affairs  Microsoft Corporation 

Fred Humphries is Corporate Vice President of U.S Government Affairs (USGA) at Microsoft. Under his leadership, USGA provides policy and regulatory expertise, political engagement, and outreach that advances the company’s advocacy goals.  Humphries is Microsoft’s chief public policy advocate, internally and externally, on all aspects of federal, state and civic affairs. He communicates with policymakers on Microsoft’s leadership in fostering economic and job opportunities in the U.S. Humphries also oversees the Microsoft team responsible for engagement with the United Nations and International Organizations (UNIO), and he chairs the company’s Global Government Affairs Council, responsible for reviewing strategies and initiatives for Microsoft’s government affairs work worldwide.  

As part of his stewardship of a broad, multilateral team, Humphries sets the company’s government engagement strategy on the most pressing policy issues facing the technology industry to earn trust and adapt to regulation, enable inclusive economic growth, and use technology to solve big societal problems.  This includes cloud computing, privacy, trade, cybersecurity, education, racial equity, immigration, and emerging technologies.  


The Honorable Clifford Scott Green Lectureship was established in 2003 to perpetuate the civil rights legacy of Judge Clifford Scott Green LAW ’51 and to honor his distinguished service to Temple University.  
Judge Green was described as “an inspiration, a mentor, a teacher, a role model, and a friend to innumerable minority and non-minority law clerks, interns and students.” Clifford Scott Green grew up in Philadelphia in a poor but close and supportive family. He fulfilled their aspirations for him by being the first in the family to finish high school, then college and law school. As a law student he distinguished himself with honors for the highest grades in constitutional law and conflicts of laws, and as an associate editor of the law review. In 1952, Judge Green joined the first African American law firm in Pennsylvania, which later became Norris, Schmidt, Green, Harris, Higginbotham and Brown.  

Judge Green received numerous awards for his community service, integrity and professional excellence, including the first Judge William Hastie Award from the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in 1985. In 2002, he was awarded the Spirit of Excellence Award from the American Bar Association Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity. He was appointed judge of the County Court of Philadelphia in 1964, and President Richard M. Nixon named him to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in 1971, where he assumed senior status in 1988.  

During 36 years on the federal bench, Judge Green presided over a number of notable cases, and was regarded as one of the most popular judges in the district. Green was a long-time adjunct professor at the law school, teaching evidence, criminal law, and criminal procedure. In the early 1970s, he was instrumental in creating the Temple-LEAP mock trial competition for high school students. He was a founding member of the law school board of visitors and a member of the university’s board of trustees and, in 1997, he was awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree by the university.  


For more information or questions about Temple University Beasley School of Law’s Honorable Clifford Scott Green Lectureship, please contact: 
Dorothy Lee 
Director of Special Events 

(215) 204-9000