Supreme Court Justice to Teach  2/15/2010 
Campus News 

Emily GoodmanThe Honorable Emily Jane Goodman, a New York State Supreme Court justice and expert on women’s rights, will spend the week Feb. 21-26 on the Westminster College campus teaching classes as a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow sponsored by the Westminster Student Government Association.

Goodman will speak to political science, journalism, women’s studies and women’s health classes during her campus visit and interact with Student Government Association leaders, Student Ambassadors and members of the Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Society.

“We are pleased to be able to bring someone with Justice Goodman’s extensive background in law and women’s issues to our campus to teach our students,” says Westminster President Dr. George B. Forsythe.  “We constantly strive to bring new expertise and viewpoints to campus so our students will be prepared to lead wherever they find themselves in the world.”

Before becoming a State Supreme Court Justice, Goodman served in civil, criminal and family courts.  She has taught at the New York University Law School and the Center for Urban Legal Education at City College.

During her days as an attorney in her solo law practice, she took the rare position of representing women only in divorce cases and founded the New York Women’s Law Center, where scores of women were taught how to represent themselves in divorce.

As an author, she writes on the subjects of mediation, custody, divorce, housing discrimination and battered women.  She has authored and co-authored such books as “Women, Money, and Power,” “A Woman’s Guide to Marriage and Divorce in New York” and “The Tenant Survival Book.”  Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, New York Law Journal, Ms. Magazine, The Village Voice and The National Law Journal.

In the area of civil rights, she has served as advisor to the National Council of Negro Women on housing discrimination.

She was one of the international monitors for the presidential election and wrote about it in The Nation.  She is also a regular columnist for, a New York City daily covering news and policy.

In addition to advocating for battered women, she has served on numerous boards fighting violence against women.

Goodman holds an M.J.A. from Columbia University in addition to her law degree.

Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows connect a liberal education with the world beyond the campus by bringing thoughtful and successful government officials, business leaders, journalists, environmentalists and medical ethicists to colleges for a week of classes and informal discussions with students and faculty.  They help in equipping students for the social, political and economic settings they will enter and illuminate the roles they may play as professionals and informed citizens.  The week-long visit allows Fellows to explicate their ideas fully and often leads to continuing ties.

The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation has developed and conducted programs in higher education since 1945.  More than 200 colleges have participated in the Visiting Fellows program since 1973.