Steven H. Goldberg

  • Professor of Law Emeritus


BA, Northwestern University
JD, University of Minnesota Law School

Professor Steven H. Goldberg currently teaches Evidence, Torts, and Constitutional Law. The 2008 graduating class selected Professor Goldberg as the Barbara C. Salken Outstanding Professor of the Year. He is the author of a trial advocacy book, The First Trial (Where Do I Sit? What Do I Say?), which has been popular with the nation’s law students and lawyers for more than thirty years, and is the co-author, with Park, Leonard and Orenstein, of an evidence treatise in the West Hornbook Series, Evidence Law: A Student’s Guide to the Law of Evidence as Applied in American Trials. The winner of the 1997 Keck Foundation National Legal Ethics Essay competition, Professor Goldberg has published articles on alternative dispute resolution, constitutional law, criminal procedure, and trial advocacy, in addition to works on legal ethics. He has taught at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law and at the University of Minnesota School of Law, where he was the associate dean for academic affairs and external relations. He served as dean of Pace University School of Law from 1989 through 1993. Professor Goldberg served for a decade on the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Criminal Justice Standards, chaired an ABA Task Force on Commitment of Non-responsibility Acquittees, was a member of the Standards Review Committee of the Section on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar, and served as co-chair of the Westchester County Bar Association’s Committee on Lawyer Ethics from 1991 to 2002. He is a member of the American Law Institute



Evidence Law: A Student's Guide to the Law of Evidence as Applied in American Trials. With Roger C. Park, David P. Leonard and Aviva Orenstein. St. Paul, Minn.: West Group, 1998. Third Edition, 2011.

The First Trial: Where Do I Sit? What Do I Say? In a Nutshell. With Tracy Walters McCormick. St. Paul, Minn.: West Publishing, 1982. Second Edition, 2011.


"Government May Not Speak Out-of-Turn", 57 University of South Dakota Law Review (Issue 3, page 401) (2012)

The Government-Speech Doctrine: “Recently Minted;” but Counterfeit, 49 U. Louisville L. Rev. 21 (2010)

"Putting the Supreme Court Back in Place: Ideology, Yes; Agenda, No," at 17 Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics 175 (2004).

"Bringing the Practice to the Classroom: An Approach to the Professionalism Problem," at 50 Journal Legal Education 414 (2000).

"'Wait a Minute. This Is Where I Came In.' A Trial Lawyer's Search for Alternative Dispute Resolution," Brigham Young University Law Review 653 (1997).

"A Little Known History of Truth," 9 Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics 1199 (1996).

"What Was Discovered in the Quest for Truth? (Symposium on Criminal Discovery)" 68 Washington University Law Quarterly 51 (1990).

"The Corporate Counsel Box," in 13th Annual Institute for Corporate Counsel: Critical Issues for In-House and Outside Counsel. New York: Practising Law Institute, 1990.

"Heaven Help the Lawyer for a Civil Liar," 2 Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics 885 (1989).

"The Former Client's Disqualification Gambit: A Bad Move in Pursuit of an Ethical Anomaly," 72 Minnesota Law Review 227 (1987).

"What Your Opening Statement Should and Shouldn't Do; Some Surprising Advice," Criminal Justice, Fall 1987, at 10.

"Harmless Error: Constitutional Sneak Thief," 71 Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology 421 (1980).

Book Reviews

Review of Integrity, by Stephen L. Carter. New York Law Journal, Mar. 1, 1996, at 2.

Review of No Contest: Corporate Lawyers and the Perversion of Justice in America, by Ralph Nader and Wesley J. Smith. New York Law Journal, Dec. 3, 1996, at 2.

Review of Between Management and Labor: Oral Histories of Arbitration by Clara H. Friedman, New York Law Journal, Jan. 16, 1996, at 2.

Review of The Art of Questioning by Peter Megargee Brown, ABA Journal, June 1, 1987, at 142.

Review of Vigilante: The Backlash against Crime in America by William Tucker, 3 Constitutional Commentary 479 (1986)