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The Honorable Barry P. Goode

Contra Costa County Superior Court, Department retired (website)

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Contra Costa County Superior Court, Department retired (website)


The Hon. Barry P. Goode was a judge on the Superior Court of Contra Costa County, California. He was appointed to the bench on November 11, 2003, by former California Governor Gray Davis. Goode retired in 2018.

In 1969 Judge Goode received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio where he graduated magna cum laude. He then earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1972 where he graduated cum laude.

After law school, Goode started as a Special Assistant to the United States Senator Adlai E. Stevenson of Illinois. After relocating to California in 1974 he spent 27 years with the private firm of McCutchen, Doyle, Brown and Enersen where he specialized in environmental law and complex litigation eventually becoming a partner. He left the firm in 2001. Prior to his appointment, he was a Legal Affairs Secretary for Former California Governor Gray Davis.

Following his appointment in 2003, Judge Goode primarily oversaw family and criminal law cases. Judge Goode became the court’s complex civil litigation judge in January 2010. He then became the Assistant Presiding Judge before becoming the Presiding Judge from 2013 to 2014.

Judge Goode has numerous appointments to various judicial committees including the Trial Court Presiding Judges Advisory Committee, the Judicial Council’s Trial Court Budget Advisory Committee, the Blue Ribbon Panel of Experts on Arbitration Ethics, the Elkins Family Law Task Force, the Access and Fairness Advisory Committee, and the Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee.

He also sits on the Board of Governors of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers of Northern California, the Board of Directors of the California Supreme Court Historical Society and is a member of the American Law Institute.

Goode has been an adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco Law School teaching environmental law. He has also taught at the B.E. Witkin Judicial College and the Cow County Institute among other judicial programs.

In 1998, prior to his appointment, Goode was involved in a controversy revolving around then-President Bill Clinton's nomination of Ninth Circuit judges. After being nominated by Clinton, Goode's nomination was stalled under the then Republican-controlled Senate. He was renominated twice by Clinton before his name was withdrawn by then-incoming President George W. Bush. In the end, Goode's was nominated for a federal judgeship for nearly three-years one of the longest federal appeals-court judicial nominations never given a full Senate vote.

He has a wife, Erica along with two children.


J.D. from Harvard University (1972)

Bachelor's Degree from Kenyon College (1969)


Legal affairs secretary at Former Governor Gray Davis (2001 to 2003)

Attorney at McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen (1974 to 2001)

Special assistant to Adlai E. Stevenson at Adlai E. Stevenson United States Senate (1972 to 1974)

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