Monday, September 17, 2012

Constitution Day Lecture at Wesleyan

On Wednesday, September 19, 2012 from 4:30-6:00 p.m., Judge Steven Gold ’77 P’09 will give a talk in honor of Constitution Day entitled “Imposing Sentence: The Balance Between Affording Discretion and Avoiding Disparity.”  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.

The talk is free and open to the public.  It will take place in the Science Library Study Lounge (Exley Science Center 146), Wesleyan University, 265 Church Street and is sponsored by the Friends of the Wesleyan Library.  For more information, email or visit www.

Biography: Judge 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.  He 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.  He 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.  He served as General Counsel to the New York City Department of Investigation from 1990 until his appointment to the bench.  He 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.

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