Professor Max A. Goodman, one of the leading family law experts in California who served on the Southwestern Law School faculty for over four decades, passed away on December 31, 2009 at the age of 85.
Professor Goodman was a graduate of Loyola Law School and a Certified Family Law Specialist, and maintained a successful law practice in Los Angeles for over two decades. In 1966, he joined the Southwestern faculty where he quickly earned a reputation as one of the most highly regarded family law professors in the country. During recent years, he continued to teach as Professor Emeritus in Residence and had just formally retired in Fall 2009.
Always active in pro bono activities, Professor Goodman served as a volunteer mediator and arbitrator for the Family Law Department and the Conciliation Court of the Los Angeles Superior Court and Dispute Resolution Services and was a contributor to the First World Conference on Family Law and Children’s Rights held in Australia.
Professor Goodman was an elected Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), and shared his expertise through a myriad of publications and legal forums sponsored by AAML, the California Judicial Council, the Los Angeles Superior Court, California Continuing Education of the Bar, and the Family Law Sections of the American Bar Association (ABA) and many local bar organizations. He chaired the ABA Family Law Section’s Law School Curriculum Committee and Ethical Practice and Procedures Committee for many years, and was a prominent member of the Family Law Sections of both the California State Bar and the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA). He also served on the LACBA board of trustees and as a delegate to the State Bar Convention, and authored family law questions for the California Bar exam.
The recipient of numerous awards from the legal profession, Professor Goodman was honored by Southwestern for his service to the community, teaching excellence and commitment to the advancement of the law school as the Irwin R. Buchalter Professor of Law in 1988 and the Irving D. and Florence Rosenberg Professor of Law in 1994 and received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree in 2000. That year he also was named “Outstanding Friend” by the Southwestern Alumni Association, and in 1986, his former students established a major scholarship fund in his name.
Professor Goodman, whose beloved wife Molly passed away in 2005, is survived by a brother, Jerome; three children, Jan Goodman, Lauren Packard and Melanie Murez; and 8 grandchildren.
Services were held on Monday, January 4 at Mt. Sinai Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Professor Max A. Goodman Scholarship Endowment Fund at Southwestern (donations may be made online at www.swlaw.edu/giving). For further information, contact Southwestern’s Institutional Advancement Office at (213) 738-6814 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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