Directory/BOH - James Goodwin

BOH Member James (Jim) Goodwin, J.D.

Appointed by: Tulsa County

Initially Appointed: March, 1968
Current Term Expires: July 31, 2018
Profession: Attorney and Publisher at the Oklahoma Eagle
Current and Previous Professional Memberships and Affiliations:

  • Oklahoma Bar Association
  • Tulsa County Bar Association
  • Oklahoma Press Association

Admitted To Practice in the Following Courts

  • Supreme Court, State of Oklahoma (8/3/1965)
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma (8/10/1965)
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma (9/18/1967)
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma (1/10/1969)
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit (9/22/1970)
  • United States Supreme Court (6/19/1972)
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (8/14/1985)

Law Related Associations

  • Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals Criminal Jury Instructions Committee / Member (1994 - present)
  • Appointed Temporary Judge for the Supreme Court of Oklahoma, Court of Appeals, Temporary Division No. 104 (1/6/1982)
  • U. S. Federal Magistrate Judge Selection Committee / Member
  • Tulsa County Bar Assoc. / Member
  • Oklahoma Bar Assoc. / Member
  • American Inns of Court Member, Johnson-Sontag Chapter / Master of the Bar Member
  • Buck Franklin Lecture Series / Former Member
  • Oklahoma Fellows of the American Bar Foundation / Member
  • Tulsa Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Assoc. / Member

Law Related Initiatives

  • Co-Plaintiff with Senator Jim Inhofe against the State of Oklahoma, resulting in legislative reapportionment immediately after the Supreme Court's declaration of one-man vote rule
  • Initiated and was co-counsel in litigation resulting in Tulsa city council form of government
  • Initiated the first de-segregation lawsuit in the City of Tulsa resulting in school de-segregation
  • Challenged successfully before the U.S. Supreme Court and Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals the constitutionality of a state statute and city ordinance regarding freedom of speech
  • Co-Counsel with Willie Gary and Johnny Cochran, among other notables, in the matter of reparations for victims of the Tulsa 1921 Race Riot (2003)
  • Morton Comprehensive Health Services, Inc. (formerly known as Moton) / President and General Counsel
  • U.S. Civil Rights Commission / Former Member of Advisory Commission
  • American Beauty Products Co. / Former General Counsel
  • Africo Oil Explorations Co. / Former General Counsel
  • Mobilized the low-income housing re-development at Morningstar and Vernon Manor Apartment complexes in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and supported by the US Housing and Urban Development • Department, local office, which resulted in renovation of housing and initiation of social programs spearheaded by local tenants

Business Related Associations

  • Bank of Oklahoma / Former Board of Directors Member
  • Publisher of The Oklahoma Eagle (1979 – current)
  • Metropolitan Tulsa Chamber of Commerce / Former Board of Directors and Executive Committee Member
  • Greenwood Chamber of Commerce / Former Board of Directors Member
  • Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce / Former Board of Directors Member
  • Initiated the preservation and renovation of the Greenwood Market Community, formerly known as “America's Black Wall Street”

Health Related Associations

  • The Community Health Foundation / Founder / Member / Former Chairman / Board of Directors Member
  • Tulsa City-County Board of Health / Board of Directors Member (1968 - present) and Chair (1975, 1983, 1991, and 1994 - 1998)
  • Oklahoma State Department of Health Advisory Council / Former Member
  • Morton Comprehensive Health Services, Inc. (formerly known as Moton) / Former Board President

Education Related Associations

  • Oklahoma State University-Tulsa, Board of Trustees / Member (2000 - present)
  • University of Tulsa, College of Law, Board of Visitors for Public Policy and Regulation / Member (2/1999 - present)
  • Board of Affairs for the University of Oklahoma, Institute for Public Affairs / Former Member
  • University of Tulsa / Former Board of Trustees Member

Community Service Related Associations

  • Tulsa Human Services Agency / President (1978-1979)
  • Tulsa Community Action Agency, Inc. (previously known as Tulsa Human Services Agency) / Board of Directors Member (1978-1984)
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday celebration (1987) / Presenter before the Oklahoma Legislature, Joint House and Senate
  • Tulsa's Promise Committee (President's Initiative on Domestic Policy) / Member (1996)
  • Simon Estes Foundation / Advisory Board of Directors Member
  • U.S. Civil Rights Commission / Advisory Commission Member (1968)
  • Delegate to the President's Summit on America's Future, April 26-29, 1997 in Philadelphia
  • Greenwood Jazz Celebration / Founder (1988) / Former Board of Directors Member
  • Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence / Former Member
  • Governor's Commission on Oklahoma Futures / Former Member
  • Oklahoma Futures Five-Year Economic Development Plan, Sub-Committee on Workforce Development / Chair
  • Day Center for the Homeless Building Campaign Committee / Member (1995-96)

Religious Affiliations

  • Catechetical Committee for the Diocese of Tulsa Cursillo / Presenter
  • Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Tulsa Development and Communication Committee / Member

Awards Received

  • Certificate presented to James O. Goodwin by the State of Oklahoma Executive Department, Commission on State Government Reform (2/2/1984)
  • Meritorious Service Award to XI Omega Chapter, Omega PSI PHI Fraternity, Inc. (11/14/1987)
  • Recipient of the Key to the City presented to James O. Goodwin by former City of Tulsa Mayor, Terry Young (1986)
  • Recipient of The Secretary of Commerce Certificate from the Oklahoma Department of Commerce in Support of Oklahoma’s Economic Development, in recognition of outstanding achievement to further the growth, productivity, and innovation of Oklahoma, a State of Excellence (11/15/1988)
  • Certificate presented to James O. Goodwin by the City of Tulsa, Mayor Roger A. Randle, in appreciation for participation and support of the Community Development Block Grant Program (3/30/1989)
  • Recipient of the 1989 Media Award, Best Print Editorial, James O. Goodwin, The Oklahoma Eagle, presented by the National Conference of Christians and Jews, Inc., of Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Recipient of the 1989 Media Award, Best Print Special Audience, James O. Goodwin, The Oklahoma Eagle, Greenwood Jazz Celebration, presented by the National Conference of • Christians and Jews, Inc., of Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Recipient of the award for the 5th Annual Heman Sweatt Symposium on Civil Rights as a Panelist (4/4/1991)
  • Recipient of the 1992 Alfred E. Aaronson Community Relations Award, presented by the Jewish Federation of Tulsa, the Tulsa Chapter of the National Conference of Christians and Jews
  • Recipient of the "Golden Rule" Award, presented by the Tulsa County Bar Association (4/1994)
  • Class of 1994 recipient of the "Civitas Dei" Award at commencement address at Cascia Hall, highest award given by Cascia Hall Preparatory School
  • Recipient of the 1995 Outstanding Entrepreneur Award in recognition of 10 years or more of operating a successful business in the Tulsa North area, presented by the North Tulsa Business Association
  • Recipient of the Heritage Award from New Concept Preparatory School (3/24/ 1995)
  • Recipient of the1996 Oklahoma Foundation of Excellence Award
  • Award from the Metmpolitan Tulsa Urban League for over 30 Years of Exemplary Community Service as a Law Professional (5/3/1997)
  • Award from the Black Alumni of Notre Dame for Honorable Mention Recognition as a Distinguished Black Exemplar (1997)
  • Recipient of the 2000 Great Spirit Award, presented by the March of Dimes
  • Recipient of the 2001 Leadership Donar Award from the Boy Scouts of America
  • Recipient of the Oklahoma Futures Workforce Development Committee Strategic Development Plan Award (6/21/2001)
  • Recipient of the Lifetime Excellence Award with the East Regional Health Center being re-named The James O. Goodwin Health Center (4/25/2003)
  • Recipient of the Tulsa Press Club Print Icon Award (5/11/2006)
  • Recipient of the 2007 Maxine Horner Community Excellence Award presented by the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame
  • Recipient of the University of Tulsa, College of Law, Susan J. Ferrell Memorial, Distinguished Career in Public Policy Award (4/3/2007)
  • Recipient of the 2007 Paul and Louise Miller Endowment, The School of Journalism and Broadcasting, and Oklahoma State University Paul Miller Journalism Lecturer Award
  • Recipient of the Tulsa Association of Black Journalists Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Journalism (10/18/2008)
  • The date October 18, 2008 declared by Mayor of the City of Tulsa, Cathy Taylor, as the James O. Goodwin Day