Judge John C. Godbold

Judge John C. Godbold

Born March 24, 1920, Coy, Alabama
Died December 22, 2009, Montgomery, Alabama

Federal Judicial Service:

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Nominated by Lyndon B. Johnson on June 28, 1966, to a seat vacated by Judge Richard Rives. Confirmed by the Senate and received commission on July 22, 1966. Served as Chief Judge of the Fifth Circuit in 1981. Service transferred on October 1, 1981, to the new Eleventh Circuit.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

Transferred October 1, 1981. Served as Chief Judge from 1981-1986. Assumed senior status on October 23, 1987. Service terminated on December 22, 2009, upon his death.


Auburn University, B.S., 1940
Harvard Law School, J.D., 1948

Professional Career:

U.S. Army Major, 1941-1946
Private Practice, Montgomery, Alabama, 1948-1966
Director, Federal Judicial Center, 1987-1990
Leslie S. Wright Distinguished Professor, Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, 1990-2009

Judge Godbold