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Judith Gold

Judith Gold

Public Interest Law Project
Staff Attorney
Oakland, CA, USA


Judith Gold is a staff attorney at the Public Interest Law Project.  Her work at PILP centers on improving public benefits programs for indigent people, largely but not exclusively via impact litigation.  Working with legal services providers throughout the state and on behalf of their clients, she has handled many General Assistance cases as well as litigation involving other benefit programs.

Before joining the Public Interest Law Project in 2008, Judy practiced law for nearly 30 years.  She was a shareholder at Heller Ehrman LLP, where she specialized in complex, multiparty commercial litigation and consumer class action litigation.  She also handled prisoners’ rights cases as well as class actions and other impact cases relating to civil rights and public benefits programs including General Assistance, SSI, and AFDC.  She was a pro bono coordinator for the firm for many years, supervising several of its litigation programs that served indigent defendants in unlawful detainer actions, debt collections, and other matters.

Judy earned her B.A. and M.A. (the latter as a Stegner Fellow in Creative Writing) from Stanford University.  She earned her J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law in 1980, where she served on the California Law Review, publishing an article about prisoners’ rights.  She externed for Justice Mathew Tobriner of the California Supreme Court, and was a law clerk for Judge Robert F. Peckham, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.

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