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Professor Steve C. Gold
J.D., Yale
A.B., Harvard
Environmental Law, Torts
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Steve C. Gold

Professor of Law and Judge Raymond J. Dearie Scholar

Professor Gold earned an A.B. cum laude in biology from Harvard College and a J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was an articles editor of the Yale Law Journal and a supervising student in the clinical program. After law school he clerked for U.S. District Judge Raymond J. Dearie, Eastern District of New York. In 1989 he joined the Environment & Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, DC. He held the position of senior attorney, Environmental Enforcement Section, before joining the law school in 2007. His major cases included trials or settlements relating to hazardous waste sites under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act as well as the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act; single and multiple-facility Clean Air Act cases; and appellate matters under several environmental statutes. During his tenure at the Department of Justice, he received numerous service awards from both the department and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Professor Gold has extensive experience in legal teaching and training as well as litigation. In addition to case updates, and litigation and mediation training presentations for the Department of Justice, the EPA, and professional organizations and conferences, he has appeared as a guest lecturer at Pace Law School and at a community seminar at Brooklyn Law School.

Recent Publications

“Toxic Torts” (with Green, M.D.) in Encyclopedia of Toxicology (Wexler, P., ed.), 3rd edition vol. 4, Elsevier Inc., Academic Press 

“A Fitting Vision of Science for the Courtroom,” Wake Forest Journal of Law & Policy (3 Wake Forest J.L. & Pol’y 1, 2013)

“When Certainty Dissolves Into Probability: A Legal Vision of Toxic Causation for the Post-Genomic Era,” Washington & Lee Law Review (70 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. 237, 2013)

“Revisiting Relative Risk Rules: Garza, Blanchard, and the Ever Evolving Role of Epidemiologic Proof in Toxic Tort Cases” (PDF), BNA Product Safety & Liability Reporter, 40 PSLR 50, 1/9/12

“The ‘Reshapement’ of the False Negative Asymmetry in Toxic Tort Causation,” William Mitchell Law Review (37 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev. 1507, 2011) 

“The More We Know, the Less Intelligent We Are? — How Genomic Information Should, and Should Not, Change Toxic Tort Causation Doctrine” in the Harvard Environmental Law Review (34 Harv. Envtl.L. Rev. 369, 2010) (This article was listed in the January 2011 Defense Counsel Journal’s “Reviewing the Law Reviews” article presenting “a selective bibliography of current law review literature thought to be of interest to civil defense counsel.”)

“Dis-Jointed? Several Approaches to Divisibility After Burlington Northern” in the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law (11 Vt. J. Envtl. L. 307, 2009)