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Godbold, John Cooper

Born March 24, 1920, in Coy, AL
Died December 22, 2009, in Montgomery, AL

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Nominated by Lyndon B. Johnson on June 28, 1966, to a seat vacated by Richard Taylor Rives. Confirmed by the Senate on July 22, 1966, and received commission on July 22, 1966. Served as chief judge, 1981. Service terminated on October 1, 1981, due to reassignment.

Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
Reassigned on October 1, 1981, to a new seat authorized by 94 Stat. 1994. Served as chief judge, 1981-1986. Assumed senior status on October 23, 1987. Service terminated on December 22, 2009, due to death.

Alabama Polytechnic Institute (now Auburn University), B.S., 1940
Harvard Law School, J.D., 1948

Professional Career:

U.S. Army major, Division Artillery Headquarters, 1941-1946
Private practice, Montgomery, Alabama, 1948-1966
Board member, Federal Judicial Center, 1976-1981
Member, Judicial Conference of the United States, 1981-1986
Director, Federal Judicial Center, 1987-1990
Professor of law, Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, 1990-2009