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abraham samuel goldstein (1925-2005) served as the eleventh dean
of the Yale Law School during the years from 1970 to 1975. A
graduate of the City College of New York, he received an LL.B.
from Yale Law School in 1949 and became a clerk for Judge
David L. Bazelon of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District
of Columbia. Joining the YLS faculty in 1956, Goldstein was
named Sterling Professor of Law in 1975, the year he returned
to teaching after his deanship.
Goldstein’s publications include The Insanity Defense (1967);
The Myth of Judicial Supervision on Three Inquisitorial Systems
(1977); The Passive Judiciary: Prosecutorial Discretion and the
Guilty Plea (1980); as well as numerous articles on criminal
law and procedure.
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Collier, Bonnie, "A Conversation with Abraham S. Goldstein" (2012). Yale Law School Oral History Series. 6.