John L. “Jack” Goldring ’69 LL.M. was a distinguished scholar and legal reformer who rose to the position of dean at two Australian law schools. Goldring passed away on October 6, 2009, at the age of 66.
A native of Australia, Goldring attended the University of Sydney, earning both a B.A. and an LL.B. He then enrolled in the LL.M. program at Columbia Law School as an Australian-American Educational Foundation fellow.
Much of Goldring’s career was dedicated to academia: From 1970 to 1972, he served on the faculty at the University of Papua New Guinea School of Law. At the Australian National University in the mid-1970s, Goldring helped found the academic publication Legal Service Bulletin. He then spent much of the 1980s and ’90s as the dean of Macquarie Law School and as founding dean of law at the University of Wollongong.
As his career progressed, Goldring became a dedicated legal reformer, serving
on the Australian Law Reform Commission and the New South Wales Law
In 1998, Goldring was named a judge at the District Court of New South Wales, where he specialized in handling criminal trials. Then, in 2007, he was appointed
to serve as a Foundation Fellow at the Australian Academy of Law, a learned
society founded to promote cohesion and higher standards in the Australian
Goldring is survived by his partner, Sue Kirby.