Judicial Profile: Department 1
Honorable Barry P. Goode

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Biographical Information
Date of Birth:
April 11, 1948
Place of Birth:
New York City
Harvard Law School, 1969-72
Kenyon College, 1965-69
Pre-bench Legal Experience:
  • Legal Affairs Secretary to Governor Gray Davis, Sacramento, CA (February 2001-November 2003)
  • Attorney, McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen, San Francisco, CA (1974-2001)
  • Special Assistant to Adlai E. Stevenson, III, United States Senate, Washington D.C., (1972-74)
Political Affiliation:
Democratic Party.
Member of the Bars of
California, Massachusetts, United States Supreme Court, Sixth and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Various United States District Courts
Judicial Experience
November 2003 to present; Assistant Presiding Judge (2011 - 2012); Presiding Judge 2013.
Current and Selected Pre-bench Civic & Professional Activities
  • Nominated to Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals by President Clinton (1998, 2000, 2001)
  • Member, American Law Institute (elected 1995)
  • Member, Access and Fairness Advisory Committee of the Judicial Council of California (2004-present) and Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee of the Judicial Council of California (2010-present)
  • Member, California Supreme Court Historical Society Board of Directors (2011-present)
  • Elkins Family Law Task Force (2008-2010); Elkins Law Implementation Committee (2010-present)
  • Member, Blue Ribbon Panel of Experts on Arbitration Ethics (2002)
  • Member, Magistrate Judge Selection Panel for the United States District Court for the Northern District of California (2000)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Coro Northern California (1997 to 2003; President, 2000-2001)
  • Founding Member, Executive Committee of the Environmental and Water Law Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco (1987-1990)
  • Adjunct Professor (Environmental Law), University of San Francisco School of Law (Spring and Fall semesters 1981)
  • Expert Panelist, Governor’s Commission to Review California Water Rights Law (1978)
Continuing Legal Education Faculty
Faculty, B.E.Witkin Judicial College (June 2005 - 2011); Cow County Judges Institute (May 2011) and many other presentations to variouse bar organzations.
Recent Publications

Books and Law Reviews

  • Co-Author, Federal Litigation Guide, Vol. 1, Matthew Bender & Co., Inc.(1985) (Author of original versions of chapters entitled “The Mechanics of Motion Practice” and “Voluntary Dismissals and Dismissals for Failure to Prosecute”)
  • Religion, Politics, Race and Ethnicity: The Range and Limits of Voir Dire, 92 Kentucky Law Journal 601 (Spring 2004)
  • A Legislative Approach to the Protection of Sacred Sites, 10 Hastings West-Northwest Journal of Environmental Law and Policy 169 (Spring 2004)


“I Am Looking Down, But Things Are Looking Up” and “Reflections on Gravity Induced by an Unintended Dismount” in Rain on the Sage, Buckeye Canyon Press, Bridgeport, California (2003)


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