Maxine D. Goodman

Professor of Law

B.A., Brandeis University
J.D., University of Texas School of Law

Areas of Expertise

  • Appellate Advocacy
  • Class Action Litigation
  • Legal Analysis, Research and Writing



Office: 729T

Maxine Goodman joined the South Texas College of Law Houston faculty in 2002 as an assistant professor teaching Legal Research and Writing.  Before joining the faculty, Professor Goodman was a partner at Carrigan, Lapin & Landa where she specialized in complex litigation.  She previously clerked for the Honorable Norman Black of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas.  Professor Goodman earned her law degree from The University of Texas and her bachelor’s degree cum laude from Brandeis University.  Her scholarly interests are varied, ranging from racism in carrying out the death penalty to limitations of Daubert as a gate keeping test for non-scientific experts.


The Expanding Role and Dwindling Protection for Private Religious School Teachers During the Pandemic: Rethinking the Ministerial Exception after Morrissey-Berru, 54 U.C. Davis Online L. Rev. 61 (2021).

Courts’ Failure to Use Religion Experts to Decide Difficult Fact Questions Concerning Who is a Minister for the Ministerial Exception: A Holy Mess, 72 Baylor L. Rev. 1 (2020).

The Obergefell Marriage Equality Decision, with its Emphasis on Human Dignity, and a Fundamental Right to Food Security, 13 UC Hastings Race & Poverty L.J. 149 (2016).

In the Holocaust’s Shadow: Can German and American Constitutional Jurisprudence Provide a “New Guarantee” of Human Dignity? , 4 Br. J. Am. Leg. Studies 303 (2015).

Shame, Angry Judges, and the Social Media Effect , 63 Cath. U. L. Rev. 589 (2014).

Three Likely Causes Of Judicial Misbehavior And How These Causes Should Inform Judicial Discipline , 41 Cap. U. L. Rev. 949 (2013).

Removing the Umpire’s Mask: The Propriety and Impact of Judicial Apologies , 2011 Utah L. Rev. 1529.

A Hedgehog on the Witness Stand – What’s the Big Idea?: Challenges of Using Daubert to Assess Social Science and Nonscientific Testimony , 59 Am. U. L. Rev. 635 (2010).

Jolie Vue Glen and Honi Boudreaux Restore Washington County Farm as Haven for Organic Farming, Free-Range Livestock , 46 Hous. Law., March/April 2009, at 41.

Slipping Through The Gate: Trusting Daubert And Trial Procedures To Reveal The ‘Pseudo-Historian’ Expert Witness And To Enable The Reliable Historian Expert Witness-Troubling Lessons From Holocaust-Related Trials , 60 Baylor L. Rev. 824 (2008).

HBA Criminal Law Section Works with Adopted School , 45 Hous. Law., May/June 2008, at 23.

A Death Penalty Wake-up Call: Reducing the Risk of Racial Discrimination in Capital Punishment , 12 Berkeley J. Crim. L. 29 (2007).

Human Dignity in Supreme Court Constitutional Jurisprudence , 84 Neb. L. Rev. 740 (2006).

Houston’s Legal Community Answers the Call for Volunteers in the Wake of Katrina , 43 Hous. Law., Mar./Apr. 2006, at 14. (with Fred Simpson, Andrea Vogelsang & Tara Shockley)

Local Heroes (Njeri Mathis) 42 Hous. Law., May/June 2005, at 10, 13.

Reconstructing the Plain Language Rule of Statutory Construction: How and Why , 65 Mont. L. Rev. 229 (2004).


Book Review , 43 Hous. Law., May/June 2006, at 68. (reviewing Linda Greenhouse, Becoming Justice Blackmun (2005)).


Using the Plain Language Rule to Teach Statutory Construction , Central Region Legal Research and Writing Conference, September 2003.

Teaching Statutory Construction to Law Students , Lone State Legal Writing Conference, April 2003.

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