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At the Center – February 2016
Judith Z. Gold

JUDY GOLD (1952 – 2016)

Judy Gold served as a member of the National Center for Youth Law Board of Directors for 18 years, stepping down in December due to health problems. She passed away on February 17th.

Judy was an attorney at the Public Interest Law Project (PILP) in Oakland and spent her career advocating for low income clients. She led litigation vital to protecting and expanding the safety net for thousands of families throughout California. Among many worthy campaigns, she will be remembered for challenging provisions in the 1996 welfare law that denied SSI disability benefits to legal immigrants.

Before joining PILP in 2008, Judy had practiced law for nearly 30 years. In addition to commercial litigation and consumer class action litigation, she also handled prisoners’ rights cases, civil rights litigation and impact cases protecting public benefits programs.

.Judy earned her her J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law in 1980, externed for Justice Mathew Tobriner of the California Supreme Court, and was a law clerk for Judge Robert F. Peckham, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.