History of the Federal Judiciary

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Goodwin, Joseph Robert
Born 1942 in Ripley, WV

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia
Nominated by William J. Clinton on February 28, 1995, to a seat vacated by Robert J. Staker. Confirmed by the Senate on May 8, 1995, and received commission on May 10, 1995. Served as chief judge, 2007-2012.

West Virginia University, B.S., 1965
West Virginia University College of Law, J.D., 1970

Professional Career:
U.S. Army, JAG Corps, 1965-1967
City attorney, Ripley, West Virginia, 1971-1972
Judge, Ripley [West Virginia] Municipal Court, 1972-1973
Private practice, Charleston, West Virginia, 1970-1995


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