U.S. District Magistrate Judge John Paul Godich in the Southern District announced this week plans to retire Dec. 6. This is his second retirement after leaving the federal court bench full time in 2001; he took recall status that year and continued working part time in a senior judge-type capacity.
Judge Godich has served more than 34 years on the court, having been appointed Oct. 1, 1973 and reappointed to three successive eight-year terms. Prior to his magistrate judge service, the 1969 Yale Law School graduate served as a law clerk to the late Judge Hugh Dillin for two years and worked in private practice until his judicial appointment.
After he retired, Magistrate Tim A. Baker joined the court to succeed him before Judge Godich took recall status.