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September 5, 2013

Oregon judge Ted Goodwin to receive Jaqua Distinguished Alumnus Award

Goodwin's career includes serving on Oregon Supreme Court, U.S. District Court, Ninth Circuit

The University of Oregon School of Law will honor longtime Oregon judge Alfred "Ted" Goodwin with the school's John E. Jaqua Distinguished Alumnus Award during an award dinner at 6:30 p.m. Friday, September 27. 

Earlier in the day, the school will welcome Goodwin and many of his former clerks for dedication of the Hon. Alfred "Ted" Goodwin Display. The dedication features a custom-built case that will house memorabilia of his illustrious career including magazine articles, photographs, diplomas, awards and his cherished Harney County sagebrush gavel. Located in the Knight Law Center's Orlando J. Hollis Courtroom, the display will serve as recognition of Goodwin's long service and commitment to the law for future generations of Oregon Law students.

Goodwin, who earned both his undergraduate and law degrees from the UO (1947 and 1951 respectively), is well known for his impartiality and pragmatism as a judge. As a former newspaper reporter, he developed a matter-of-fact writing style that has served him well in his legal and judicial career.

While an undergraduate at the UO, Goodwin's ROTC class was called to active duty in the United States Army during World War II. Upon returning to Oregon, Goodwin entered law school as a beneficiary of the G.I. Bill. He worked for four years with a Eugene law firm before being appointed to the Oregon Circuit Court by Governor Paul Patterson. In 1960, Governor Mark Hatfield appointed Goodwin to the Oregon Supreme Court, and later that year he was elected to a full six-year term. Soon, Goodwin's Eastern Oregon ranch-hand lifestyle attracted the attention of National Geographic Magazine, which featured him in an article and photograph captioned "Saturday cowboy, Monday morning judge." After becoming a state court judge, Goodwin transferred his Army Reserve commission from Infantry to the Judge Advocate General Corps, from which he retired after becoming a federal judge.

After Goodwin's nine years as a justice on the Oregon Supreme Court, President Richard Nixon, at Hatfield's suggestion, nominated Goodwin to the U.S. District Court of Oregon. In 1971, he was elevated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He was chief judge from 1988 through 1991. He became a senior judge in 1992 and continues to hear cases throughout the circuit. Although Judge Goodwin's tenure on the Ninth Circuit brought him to California for much of the year, his interest in the State of Oregon and his alma mater have continued in full force. He served on the UO Foundation Board of Trustees from 1964 to 1970. In 1972, he received the UO Distinguished Service Award. He delivered the Oregon Law commencement address in 1989. In 1990, he was named UO Distinguished Alumnus, and he received the Oregon Law Frohnmayer Award for Public Service in 2004. He counts numerous Oregon Law alumni and Oregon attorneys among his former law clerks.

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