Cornell University

Michael Gold : Biography

Michael Evan Gold was born, reared, and educated in California.  He attended elementary and secondary school in San Jose, received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of California at Berkeley, and completed his formal education with a law degree from Stanford.  Thereafter he served for three years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Liberia, West Africa; in the first year he taught mathematics and English in a junior high school, and in the next two years he taught Civil Procedure and Evidence in the law school of the University of Liberia.  After a year of traveling, he returned to California.

Prof. Gold then practiced law for three years with Schwartz, Steinsapir & Dohrmann, a firm representing labor unions and individuals in Los Angeles.  Although much of his time was devoted to advocacy in arbitrations, he also litigated cases in employment discrimination and union democracy.  After a year as a part-time instructor at an independent law school in Los Angeles, he accepted an appointment to its full-time faculty and taught courses on remedies, civil procedure, and employment discrimination law.  He also served as an arbitrator in a labor-management dispute.

In the ILR School Prof. Gold teaches courses on ethics, labor and employment law, and employment discrimination law.  He has published introductory books on the latter two subjects and articles in scholarly journals on sex discrimination, the theory of disparate impact, and age discrimination.  At present he is attempting to develop a new approach to teaching law.