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, sustainable agriculture and urban farming, protection of natural resources, and access to information.  She has successfully litigated cases before the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals and various district courts, and she has testified before several federal agencies. 

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

Professor 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 laudewith a concentration in environmental law.  After law school, Professor 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, Professor Goldstein has represented clients in investigating and challenging violations of the Administrative Procedure Act, Agricultural Act, Atomic Energy Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, Food Safety Modernization Act, Freedom of Information Act, Georgia Water Quality Control Act, National Environmental Policy Act, National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act, and Nuclear Waste Policy Act.  She has also testified, drafted, and prepared comments on proposed regulations and guidance documents, administrative decisions, zoning ordinances, environmental impact statements, and permits before local, state, and federal agencies, including the Army Corps of Engineers, Department of Agriculture, Department of Energy, Department of Interior, Environmental Protection Agency, Food and Drug Administration, Georgia Environmental Protection Division, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and Office of Management and Budget. 

In addition to this work, Professor 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 and the inaugural Emory University Sustainability Faculty Fellow.

Professor Goldstein teaches classes in Administrative Law, Environmental Advocacy, Environmental Law, and the Turner Environmental Law Clinic.

Articles and Presentations

“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

“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).

"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).


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