Constitution Day Lecture

"Imposing Sentence:  The Balance Between Affording Discretion and Avoiding Disparity" -- by Chief Magistrate Judge Steven Gold ‘77 P’09

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 -- 4:30 pm
Science Library Study Lounge (Exley Science Center 146)
265 Church Street, Middletown

Judge Steven Gold


Judge Gold's remarks will address, among other things, the adoption of federal sentencing guidelines and how they affect the judge's role at sentencing proceedings, the Supreme Court's review of the constitutionality of those guidelines, and recent efforts on the part of trial courts to develop programs that provide alternatives to incarceration.

Steven Gold was appointed to serve as a United States Magistrate Judge in the Eastern District of New York in 1993 and is currently the Court's Chief Magistrate Judge.  Judge Gold received his B.A. in economics from Wesleyan University in 1977 and his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1980.  From 1980 to 1981, Judge Gold served as a law clerk to United States District Judge Herbert F. Murray in Baltimore, Maryland.  Judge Gold next worked as an associate at the New York City litigation firm of Orans Elsen and Lupert.

In 1985, Judge Gold was appointed to serve as an Assistant in the Office of the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, and in 1989 as the Deputy Chief of that Office's Criminal Division.  Judge Gold served as General Counsel to the New York City Department of Investigation from 1990 until his appointment to the bench.  Judge Gold is an adjunct professor of law at Brooklyn Law School, where he teaches courses in trial advocacy and privilege law, and is the Eastern District Chair of the Joint Committee on Local Rules for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York.