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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia|
|Appointed by:||Bill Clinton|
|Active:||05/10/1995 - Present|
|Chief:||2007 - 2012|
|Preceded by:||Robert Staker|
|Home State:||Ripley, WV|
|Undergraduate:||West Virginia U., B.S., 1965|
|Law School:||West Virginia U. Law, J.D., 1970|
|Military service:||U.S. Army 1965-1967|
Early life and education
Born in Ripley, West Virginia, Goodwin graduated from West Virginia University with his bachelor's degree in 1965. Goodwin served in the U.S. Army on active duty from 1965 to 1967. Goodwin obtained his Juris Doctor degree from the West Virginia University School of Law in 1970.
Goodwin was a private practice attorney in the State of West Virginia from 1970 until his appointment to the Federal Bench in 1995. Goodwin also served as a City Attorney for the City of Ripley, West Virginia from 1971 to 1972, and as a Municipal Judge from 1972 to 1973.
Southern District of West Virginia
On the recommendation of West Virginia U.S. Senator Robert Byrd, Goodwin was nominated to the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia by President Bill Clinton on February 28, 1995, to a seat vacated by Robert Staker. Goodwin was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on May 8, 1995 and received commission on May 10, 1995.
|Federal judicial offices|
|Southern District of West Virginia
|Magistrate judges||Clarke VanDervort • Cheryl Eifert • Dwane Tinsley •|
|Former Article III judges||
Benjamin Franklin Keller • George Warwick McClintic • Harry Watkins • Sidney Christie • Charles Haden II • William Kidd • John Field • Kenneth Hall • Elizabeth Hallanan • Dennis Knapp • Ben Moore • Robert Staker •
|Former Chief judges|