Remarks of the 2018 Ronald M. George Public Lawyer of the Year Award Recipient: Bruce Reed Goodmiller
Bruce Reed Goodmiller is the City Attorney for the City of Richmond and the recipient of the 2018 Ronald M. George Public Lawyer of the Year Award from the Public Law Section.
The following statements are adapted from Mr. Goodmiller’s remarks during the awards ceremony on September 14, 2018 in San Diego.
Allow me to first speak briefly about early inspirations and opportunities for service, and second, to honor two public lawyers, both city attorneys, for their service and for their impact on my life and career as a public lawyer.
Looking back 100 years for my earliest inspirations for service, I recognize Leroy and Roberta Goodmiller, my parents, who were born in Decatur, Illinois in 1915. They were from large, second generation German and Irish immigrant families of modest means. They grew up during the Depression and reached adulthood with WWII on the horizon. Early in the War, my father found himself serving in the Navy on Guam, in the midst of the Allied effort in the Pacific. My mother served as a Rosie working in a factory making critical equipment in support of the war effort.