Professor Goodpaster was a member of the law faculty at the University of Iowa College of Law from 1967 to 1969, and then again from 1970 to 1971. While at the University of Iowa, he took a leave of absence to serve as a law and poverty lawyer at Colorado Rural Legal Services in Boulder. In 1971, Professor Goodpaster joined the faculty at the University of California Davis School of Law. During his tenure at UC Davis, Professor Goodpaster worked for three summers as a Criminal Trial Attorney for Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc. He also served as Chief Assistant State Public Defender, setting up and managing the new state Public Defender’s Office. He took a year’s leave of absence to teach at the University of Hong Kong Law School under a Fulbright Award. In 1992, Professor Goodpaster became involved in international development consulting, focusing on a broad array of legal and economic concerns, and as part of this work, he taught the first negotiation skills course to faculty at the University of Indonesia Law School. On two leaves of absence from UC Davis, Professor Goodpaster was Chief of Party for two major law and economics projects in Indonesia. Upon retirement from UC Davis on January 1, 2000, he continued his international development work – as a consultant to USAID, the Asia Foundation, and numerous other groups – working on projects in Afghanistan, East Timor, Egypt, Mongolia, the Philippines and Zambia. In 2005, Professor Goodpaster taught for a semester at the Johns Hopkins University International School in Nanjing, China. He died in 2012.
Professor Goodpaster earned his bachelor’s degree at Indiana University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Phi Beta Kappa key. He then received a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship to study philosophy at Columbia University in New York. At the end of the fellowship, Professor Goodpaster enrolled in the Indiana University School of Law. Upon graduation, he took a position as the law clerk to Chief Judge John Hastings of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago. Following his clerkship, Professor Goodpaster was invited to join the law faculty at the University of Iowa.