Faculty Profiles

Mindy  Goldstein

Mindy Goldstein

Clinical Professor of Law

Areas of Expertise

Environmental Law

Curriculum Vitae

Clinical Professor Mindy Goldstein is director of the Turner Environmental Law Clinic and director of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program at Emory Law School. She has represented clients in complex environmental litigation before judicial and administrative tribunals; in legislative and policy matters at the local, state, and federal levels; and in land use and other transactions. Her work focuses on matters related to sustainable energy and climate change, land use and conservation, regenerative agriculture and urban farming, protection of natural resources, and access to information. She has successfully litigated cases before the DC Circuit Court of Appeals and various district courts, and she has testified before several federal agencies. 

Her representations have garnered national attention, appearing in hundreds of news stories through print media, broadcast news, and the Internet, including coverage by the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald, The Hill, National Public Radio, The Economist, and The New York Times.

Goldstein graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina, earning a BS in biology with a minor in chemistry. She received her JD from the University of Maryland, where she graduated magna cum laude with a concentration in environmental law. After law school, Goldstein was an associate in the law firm of Kilpatrick Stockton (now Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton), where she represented clients in commercial real estate transactions. Her work often concerned environmental liability arising from the purchase and development of land.

At Emory, Goldstein has represented clients in investigating, understanding, and challenging violations of various environmental laws. She has drafted and prepared comments on proposed statutes, regulations, and guidance documents, administrative decisions, zoning ordinances, environmental impact statements, and permits before local, state, and federal agencies. 

In addition to this work, Goldstein has given lectures and presentations on a wide variety of environmental issues around the country. She sits on the board of several environmental nonprofit organizations, including Global Growers. She is the co-chair of the Georgia Public Interest Environmental Law Coalition and a member of the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership class of 2015. She is the recipient of the 2016 Ogden Doremus Award for Excellence in Environmental Law, the inaugural Emory University Sustainability Faculty Fellow for 2018-2020, and a Senior Faculty Fellow with Emory’s Center for Ethics for 2019-2021.

Goldstein teaches classes in administrative law, environmental advocacy, environmental law, and the Turner Environmental Law Clinic.

Articles and Presentations

Rudd, Goldstein, et al., "Climate Research Priorities for Policy-Makers, Practitioners, and Scientists in Georgia, USA," Environmental Management (May 2018).

"Resilient Cities -- Atlanta's Path to Resiliency," at the CREW Program on How Cities Will Change the World (October 2017).

"Composting Regulation in Atlanta," at Mayor's Community Composting Program (August 2016).

"'Tire'd of Zika? Stopping Mosquitos in Their Tracks," RiverCHAT (Summer 2016)

"The Political Fate of the Clean Power Plan," Emory Law News (July 2016)

"Michigan v. EPA: Does It Mean More Than Mercury?" Emory Law News (July 2015)

“Environmental Justice,” at Global Development and Social Justice Workshop, Humphrey Fellowship Program, Emory University ( March 19, 2015).

"Emory Law Students Comment Successfully for Client on FDA's Draft Produce Rule re: Need to Better Protect Farmer, the Environment, and Public Health," ABA Section of Administrative Law Magazine (Spring 2014).

"The Practice of Environmental Law," Environmental Law Seminar at Spelman College (April 2014), ABA Section of the Environment, Energy, and Resources, panel discussion at Emory Law School (March 2014).

"Urban Agriculture Practices Across the Country," teleconference for the Urban Agriculture Committee of the Community Food Security Coalition (April 2012).

"Sustainable Food Production in Metro-Atlanta," Psychology Seminar at Morehouse College (February 2012).

"Understanding and Using the Freedom of Information Act," continuing legal education presentation before the Georgia Public Interest Environmental Law Coalition (February 2012).

"Urban Agriculture: A Sixteen City Survey of Urban Agriculture Practices Across the Country," Georgia Organics (August 2011).

"The Role of Environmental Law Clinics in the United States," presentation before the Committee on US-China Relations at Emory Law School (June 2011).

Panel Discussions

"Climate Change: Policies to Address At-Risk Communities," panel discussion for Georgia State University's Jean Beer Blumenfeld Center for Ethics (November 2019).

"Georgia's Energy Portfolio," panel discussion for the Institute of Georgia's Environmental Leaders (September 2019).

"Creating Engaging Online Discussion," panel discussion at the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence Summer Teaching Intensive (August 2019).

"Environmental Law Clinics: The Secret Weapon to Saving Our Environment," panel moderator at the Turner Environmental Law Clinic's 20th Anniversary Conference: The Future of Environmental Law (January 2019).

"Georgia's Energy Portfolio," panel discussion for the Institute of Georgia's Environmental Leaders (November 2018).

"Transactional Representations for Environmental Law Clinics, panel discussion at the 2nd Annual Environmental Law Clinic Directors Conference (November 2018).

"Shining a Light on Smart Solar Energy Zoning," panel organizer at the Georgia Environmental Conference (August 2018).

"The Corporation and the Consumer: Responsible & Irresponsible Corporate Behavior," panel moderator at the 2018 ECGAR symposium: The Corporation and the Individual (March 2018).

"Like a Good Neighbor -- Your Composting Facility is There: Establishing Good Community Relations," panel discussion at the 2018 U.S. Composting Council Conference and Trade Show (January 2018).

"Water Resource Management," panel discussion at the CREATE Conference (November 2017).

"Cities and Climate Change," panel discussion at the World Bank Law, Climate Change, and Development Conference (December 2016).

"Georgia's Energy Portfolio," panel discussion for the Institute of Georgia's Environmental Leaders (November 2016).

"Consent-Based Siting," panel discussion at U.S. Department of Energy Public Meeting on Nuclear Waste Storage and Disposal Sites (April 2016).

"Food, Faith, and Farming: A LAMP Symposium on Growing Community," panel moderator at the Georgia Tech Leadership and Multifaith Program (March 2016).

“Key Environmental Issues in U.S. EPA Region 4— Enforcement,” panel discussion at ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Spring Conference, Atlanta (March 3, 2015).

“Nuclear Power Generation and Water Resources: Balancing the Need for Future Power Generation and Environmental Protection,” panel discussion, 21st Annual Public Interest Environmental Conference, University of Florida College of Law (February 13, 2015).

"America's Nuclear Future: Taking Action to Address Nuclear Waste," panel discussion at Bipartisan Policy Center Conference on Nuclear Waste (September 2014).
"The Practice of Environmental Law," panel discussion at the ABA Section of the Environment, Energy, and Resources Conference at Emory Law School (March 2014).

"Agricultural Policy – Legal Implications," panel discussion at the University of Georgia School of Law, 26th annual Red Clay Conference (February 2014).

"Waste Confidence – What Is It and Why Does It Matter?," panel discussion at the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (IEER) Annual Workshop (July 2012).

"Farm to Truck & Table," panel discussion at Southface Energy Institute’s Annual Greenprints Conference (March 2012).

"Zoning for Zucchini: Land Use Advocacy to Support Urban Agriculture," panel discussion at the 15th Annual Georgia Organics Plow Forward Conference (February 2012).

"Right Plant? Right Place? The Role of Nuclear Power in Florida's Energy Future," panel discussion at the University of Florida College of Law, 17th Annual Public Interest Environmental Conference (February 2011).


"Getting Smart on Solar is a Plus for Communities," Atlanta-Journal Constitution, (July 2018) (with Reiser).

"Feds Should Make Georgia Power Put More Skin in Game on Vogtle," Atlanta Journal-Constitution (May 2018) (with Sutz).

"Confirm Allison Macfarlane to the NRC," The Hill (May 2012) (with Curran).