Herbert Funk Goodrich
Herbert Funk Goodrich was a judge
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 on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
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. He also served as the Director of the American Law Institute
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 and chaired the drafting committee for the original version of the Uniform Commercial Code
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Goodrich earned his bachelor's degree
Bachelor's degree
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 from Carleton College
Carleton College
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 in 1911, and earned his law degree
Law degree
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 at Harvard Law School
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 in 1914.

Prior to his appointment to the bench
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, Goodrich served as a law professor at University of Iowa College of Law
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. He began teaching at Iowa in 1914, and became acting dean
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 in 1921. He then taught at University of Michigan Law School
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 (1922-1929), and then at University of Pennsylvania Law School
University of Pennsylvania Law School
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, where he served as dean from 1929 to 1940.

Goodrich was nominated to the bench of the Third Circuit by President
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 Franklin D. Roosevelt
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 on March 5, 1940, to a seat vacated by Francis Biddle
Francis Biddle
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 and confirmed by the Senate
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on May 7, 1940, and he received his commission on May 10, 1940. In 1947, while serving on the bench of the Third Circuit, he became the Director of the American Law Institute, a position he would hold until his death in 1962.


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