Alfred Goodwin

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Alfred Goodwin
Senior Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Assumed office
January 31, 1991
Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
In office
October 1988 January 31, 1991
Preceded by James R. Browning
Succeeded by John Clifford Wallace
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
In office
November 30, 1971 January 31, 1991
Appointed by Richard Nixon
Preceded by John Kilkenny
Succeeded by Andrew Kleinfeld
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Oregon
In office
December 11, 1969 December 17, 1971
Appointed by Richard Nixon
Preceded by John Kilkenny
Succeeded by Otto Richard Skopil Jr.
Personal details
Born
Alfred Theodore Goodwin

(1923-06-29) June 29, 1923 (age 98)
Bellingham, Washington
Education University of Oregon (BA, JD)
Military service
AllegianceFlag of the United States.svg  United States
Branch/serviceFlag of the United States Army.svg  United States Army
Years of service
  • 1943–1946 (Army)
  • 1960–1969 (Reserve)
Rank
Unit United States Army Reserve, Judge Advocate General's Corps
Battles/wars World War II

Alfred Theodore Goodwin (born June 29, 1923) is a Senior United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and previously was a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Oregon.

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Education and career

Born on June 29, 1923, in Bellingham, Washington, Goodwin received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1947 from the University of Oregon and a Juris Doctor in 1951 from the University of Oregon School of Law. While in college, he served as a captain in the United States Army during World War II. Goodwin worked as an attorney for five years in Eugene, Oregon. He then served in the Oregon state courts, first on the Circuit Court (1955–1960), and then on the Supreme Court of Oregon (1960–1969). [1] Goodwin was appointed March 18, 1960, by Oregon Governor Mark Hatfield to replace the outgoing Hall S. Lusk, who was then appointed to the United States Senate, a position Hatfield would later be elected to in 1966. [2] Meanwhile, Goodwin was then elected to a full six-year term later in 1960 and won re-election in 1966 before resigning from the Oregon Supreme Court December 19, 1969, to take a federal judicial position. [2]

Federal judicial service

Goodwin was nominated to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of Oregon by president Richard Nixon on September 22, 1969, to a seat vacated by Judge John Kilkenny. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on December 10, 1969, and received his commission on December 11, 1969. His service terminated on December 17, 1971, due to his elevation to the Ninth Circuit. [1]

Goodwin was nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit by President Nixon, on November 3, 1971, to a seat vacated by Judge John Kilkenny. He was confirmed by the Senate on November 23, 1971, received his commission on November 30, 1971, and served as Chief Judge from 1988 until he assumed senior status on January 31, 1991. [1]

Notable cases

Goodwin wrote the majority opinion for the Ninth Circuit in the famous pledge of allegiance case that was then decided by the United States Supreme Court as Elk Grove Unified School District v. Newdow . [3] He also is well known for penning the opinion in White v. Samsung, a landmark right of publicity/appropriation case in California in which the host of Wheel of Fortune, Vanna White, successfully sued Samsung for airing a commercial featuring a robot dressed in her likeness and turning letters on a mock Wheel of Fortune board. See White v. Samsung Elecs. Am., 971 F.2d 1395 (9th Cir. 1992).

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References

  1. 1 2 3 Alfred Theodore Goodwin at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges , a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center .
  2. 1 2 "Oregon Secretary of State: State Government". bluebook.state.or.us.
  3. Newdow v. U.S. Congress, 328 F.3d 466 C.A.9 (2003).
Legal offices
Preceded by
Hall S. Lusk
Associate Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court
1960–1969
Succeeded by
Thomas Tongue
Preceded by
John Kilkenny
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Oregon
1969–1971
Succeeded by
Otto Richard Skopil Jr.
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
1971–1991
Succeeded by
Andrew Kleinfeld
Preceded by
James R. Browning
Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
1988–1991
Succeeded by
John Clifford Wallace