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Michele Goldfarb

Lecturer in Law

Michele Goldfarb

Michele Goldfarb is currently the Associate Ombudsman for the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.  Immediately prior to assuming that role in July of 2008, Goldfarb had been the Director of the Penn Women’s Center. In addition, for many years (1995 – 2006), she was the director of the Office of Student Conduct at the University of Pennsylvania, where she was responsible for the oversight and administration of the student disciplinary system across the University.
Goldfarb also continues to serve, as she has for well over a decade, as an adjunct clinical faculty member at Penn’s Law School, co-teaching and co-supervising in the Mediation Clinic. She has continuously maintained her connection with Penn Law’s Clinical Programs because of her expertise and abiding passion for conflict resolution in general and mediation practice in particular. In addition to training law students in mediation skills through classroom work and supervision in mediation fieldwork, Goldfarb has also trained faculty, college administrators and students in mediation workshops in order to prepare them for University-based mediation roles. 
Goldfarb has also served on many University Committees charged with the creation and implementation of policy in a broad range of areas including academic integrity, substance abuse, confidentiality of student records, hazing and sexual assault.  She has led numerous workshops and trainings on academic integrity, ethical issues, conflict resolution and mediation. Before entering higher education teaching and administration, Goldfarb served as an Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia and Assistant U.S. Attorney in Washington, D.C. where she prosecuted a wide variety of criminal offenses. As a full time supervisor and faculty member at the law school’s litigation clinic in the early 1990’s, She gained extensive experience as an advocate for families, women, children and victims of abuse and other violence. She held clerkships with the Hon. Stanley S. Harris, District of Columbia Court of Appeals and the Hon. Phyllis W. Beck, Superior Court of Pennsylvania (the first female appellate judge in the Commonwealth). She is a proud graduate of Oberlin College.


Expertise

  • Clinical Education
  • Litigation
  • Mediation

Articles and Book Chapters

BETRAYAL OF TRUST: PLAGIARISM AS A WINDOW INTO THE INCENTIVES IN THE UNIVERSITY (in progress) (with JOHN WORKMAN, CATHERINE CURRAN-KELLY, LOUIS BLOOMFIELD). (forthcoming)

MASTERING MEDIATION: A GUIDE FOR TRAINING MEDIATORS IN A COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY SETTING (Rick Olshak ed., LRP Publications 2001).

Promoting Academic Integrity, in EDUCATING ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSES AND MIDWIVES: FROM PRACTICE TO TEACHING (Joyce E. Thompson, Rose M. Kershbaumer, & Mary Ann Krisman-Scott, eds., Springer Publishing 2001).

More publications can be found here.

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