Irving L. Goldberg Endowed Lecture Series
The Irving L. Goldberg Lecture Series was established by his former law clerks to honor the life and work of Judge Irving L. Goldberg who died in 1995. Recent previous lecturers include: The Honorable Patricia Wald, The Honorable Richard S. Arnold, Solicitor General Drew Days, and The Honorable Diane Wood.
Judge Irving Loeb Goldberg was born in Port Arthur, Texas in 1906. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas in 1926 and his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1929. During World War II, he served as an officer of the U.S. Navy and was assigned to the staff of then Congressman Lyndon B. Johnson. He returned to Dallas to practice law and was a founder with Richard A. Gump and Robert S. Strauss of the firm today known as Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld.
In 1966, President Johnson appointed Goldberg to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. During his nearly 29 years as a federal appellate judge he ruled on significant cases involving civil liberties, school integration, school finance, reproductive freedom, and federal criminal procedure. He was renowned for the integrity of his legal scholarship, the lucidity of his opinions, and the skill with which he employed his wit to illuminate the point.