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Kate Wagner-Goldstein

Legal Action Center
Senior Staff Attorney
New York, NY, USA


Kate Wagner-Goldstein, Esq. is a Senior Staff Attorney at the Legal Action Center, a non-profit law and policy organization that fights discrimination against people with substance use disorders, HIV/AIDS, and criminal records.  Since joining the Center in 2010, she has represented clients facing such discrimination, as well as clients whose HIV confidentiality has been breached.  She also supervises the paralegal staff, who provide information and advocacy to thousands of clients each year.  Kate advises and trains organizations on their obligations pursuant to confidentiality and anti-discrimination laws relating to HIV and substance use disorder.  She helped update and edit the 2012 edition of LAC’s seminal book on the law governing the privacy of alcohol and drug treatment information, Confidentiality and Communication: A Guide to the Federal Alcohol and Drug Confidentiality Law and HIPAA, and LAC’s 2012 edition of HIV / AIDS Testing, Confidentiality & Discrimination: What You Need to Know about New York Law.  She also co-wrote the 2015 report, Medication-Assisted Treatment in Drug Courts: Recommended Strategies, which LAC produced jointly with the Center for Court Innovation and the New York State Unified Court System.

Prior to joining the Legal Action Center, Ms. Wagner-Goldstein was an attorney at the Bronx Defenders, where she represented parents facing neglect and abuse charges.  She is a graduate of Harvard University and Columbia Law School.

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