Alan Stephen Gold

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Alan Stephen Gold
Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
Assumed office
January 10, 2011
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
In office
July 1, 1997 – January 10, 2011
Appointed by Bill Clinton
Preceded by Jose Alejandro Gonzalez, Jr.
Succeeded by Robin S. Rosenbaum
Personal details
Born Alan Stephen Gold
1944 (age 72–73)
The Bronx, New York
Education University of Florida B.A.
Duke University School of Law J.D.
University of Miami School of Law LL.M.

Alan Stephen Gold (born 1944) is a Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in 1944 in New York City, New York, Gold attended Miami Beach High School. Gold received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Florida in 1966, a Juris Doctor from Duke University School of Law in 1969, and an Master of Laws from the University of Miami School of Law in 1974.

Career[edit]

Gold served as a research assistant to Judge Charles Carroll of the Florida Third District Court of Appeal from 1969-1970. He was briefly in private practice in Miami in 1970, before serving as assistant county attorney in the Dade County Attorney's Office from 1971 to 1975.

Federal judicial service[edit]

President Bill Clinton nominated Gold to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida on February 12, 1997, to the seat vacated by Jose Alejandro Gonzalez, Jr.. During Gold's confirmation hearings before the Senate, he surprised many when, after being asked which Supreme Court decision troubled him most, he named Griswold v. Connecticut. [1] Confirmed by the Senate on June 27, 1997, Gold received his commission on July 1, 1997. He assumed senior status on January 10, 2011.

Notable rulings[edit]

During his service on the district court Gold has heard cases including the trial of Alberto Gutman, the corruption and conspiracy trial of 11 former Miami Police Department officers [2][3] and a racketeering and fraud lawsuit against DuPont. [4] Gold also issued an injunction in favor of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida against the Miami-Dade County Public Schools in a lawsuit challenging the school board decision to remove the book Vamos a Cuba from school libraries after the book had been challenged by Cuban exiles. [5] Gold also presided over a case involving ten Coral Gables/University of Miami Police officers who were suing the University of Miami for employment related matters along with claims of misreporting crime statistics and police corruption . He dismissed that case on summary judgment in favor of the University, yet failed to disclose to the officers or their counsel(as required by Federal Statute and Judicial rules and cannons) the facts that 1) he listed the University as a source of non-investment income on his Federal Financial Disclosure forms for the years he presided over the case; 2) he failed to disclose that his wife was a high level employee of the University during those same years he presided over the case; and 3) his law clerk, was also a paid legal writing instructor at the University's School of Law, again, during the time he presided over the case; and 4)he was a former employee of the University. The officers once this was discovered, but after Gold had already dismissed their case, filed a motion for recusal against Gold and a motion to reopen the case and attached copies of all of the documents supporting their motion.[1] The chief judge ruled that Gold did nothing wrong by not disclosing those details.

References[edit]

  1. ^ 99-CV-02443-ASG - docket entry 346

Sources[edit]

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Preceded by
Jose Alejandro Gonzalez, Jr.
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
1997–2011
Succeeded by
Robin S. Rosenbaum