Faculty Profiles

Patrick Goodman

Patrick D. Goodman

Lecturer in Law
B.A. UCLA, 1991
M.Ed. UCLA, 1992
J.D. Columbia, 1996
UCLA Faculty Since 2001

Patrick D. Goodman teaches Wills and Trusts, Remedies, American Law in the Global Context, and a seminar in Law and Popular Culture. He also created and co-developed Introduction to Legal Analysis, a new, required part of the first-year curriculum (beginning Fall 2014). He has also taught Lawyering Skills, Written Legal Analysis, and the California Appellate Advocacy Clinic, a live-client appellate course in juvenile law he founded at the UCLA School of Law in partnership with Los Angeles County. He is coauthor of Cracking the Case Method: Legal Analysis for Law School Success (Vandeplas Publishing, 2012). In 2010, Professor Goodman was awarded the campus-wide UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award. He was also elected the UCLA School of Law Professor of the Year in 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13, and 2013-14, and he is the recipient of UCLA School of Law's 2013 Rutter Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Prior to law school, Professor Goodman earned a Master of Education degree from UCLA. At Columbia Law School, Professor Goodman was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and recipient of the 1996 Jane Marks Murphy Prize for Excellence in Advocacy. After law school, Goodman joined Morrison & Foerster in Los Angeles as a litigation associate. In 1998, he began at the Los Angeles County Counsel’s Office as an attorney specializing in juvenile law and appellate practice, and he later was promoted to Senior Associate County Counsel. In November 1999, Goodman became Deputy County Counsel, a position he held before joining the UCLA School of Law faculty. Professor Goodman has served as lead counsel in over one hundred appeals, and he supervises certified UCLA law students in the California Court of Appeal.