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Curriculum departs from American-style as well. As a matter of course, Israeli students are taught to compare Israeli law with other countries’. And the differences between American and Israeli students are significant.

Goldstein says, as in most countries, Israeli law students come right from high school as undergraduates. He adds that, having served in the military, they begin their studies as mature adults, many of them married and with children. Because their parents do not support them, most students work, some at full-time jobs. Further interruptions occur when students report for up to 40 days of army reserve duty every year. “For all these reasons, Israeli students have less time to devote to their studies than do American students,” Goldstein says. “But with all that, the quality of their work remains quite high.”

The same could be said for the quality of Goldstein’s work. A skillful analyst of Israeli law, Goldstein has provided commentary on issues ranging from child welfare to civil procedure to the state school system. He lectures abroad extensively and his work has appeared in more than 100 prestigious publications in Israel, Italy, England, Germany, Greece, Japan and the United States. He has also written a number of books and monographs on varied subjects including comparative procedural law, public education and law enforcement.

His diverse scholarship draws admiration from Edward B. Rock, Saul A. Fox Distinguished Professor of Business at Penn Law and a longtime friend of Goldstein’s who visits him regularly in Israel.

“Steve is a major figure in both Israeli and comparative civil procedure,” Rock says.”Over the years, as the Israeli legal system has become more similar to the U.S. system, Steve’s ability to translate the U.S. experience has been invaluable to the development of Israeli civil procedure.”

Just as Goldstein has been an invaluable member of the Penn Law community.

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