Joseph Robert Goodwin
|Joseph Robert Goodwin|
|Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia|
May 10, 1995
|Appointed by||Bill Clinton|
|Preceded by||Robert Jackson Staker|
|Born||1942 (age 71–72)
Ripley, West Virginia
|Alma mater||West Virginia University (B.S.)
West Virginia University College of Law (J.D.)
Joseph Robert Goodwin (born 1942) is a United States federal judge.
Early life and education
Born in Ripley, West Virginia, Goodwin received a B.S. from West Virginia University in 1965 and was in the United States Army, Adjutant General Corps during the Vietnam War, from 1965 to 1967. He received a J.D. from West Virginia University College of Law in 1970.
Goodwin was a city attorney for Ripley from 1971 to 1972, and was than a municipal judge for the city until 1973. He then entered private practice in Charleston, West Virginia, until 1995.
On February 28, 1995, Goodwin was nominated by President Bill Clinton to a seat on the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia vacated by the retirement of Robert Jackson Staker. Goodwin was confirmed by the United States Senate on May 8, 1995, and received his commission on May 10, 1995. He became chief judge of the district in 2007.
Goodwin's son, R. Booth Goodwin, was appointed in 2010 by President Barack Obama to serve as United States Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia. Goodwin's nephew is former West Virginia Senator Carte Goodwin.
- Joseph Robert Goodwin at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.