Rose Carmen Goldberg

Rose Carmen Goldberg

Rose Carmen Goldberg is a Deputy Attorney General in the Public Rights Division of the Office of the California Attorney General. She litigates complex cases to protect vulnerable populations in her native California. Her work focuses on service members and veterans, for-profit colleges, and student loans. She is lead of an Administrative Procedure Act suit against the federal administration for its failure to implement the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program.

Previously, Rose directed a Medical-Legal Partnership for homeless and low-income veterans in Oakland, CA. The partnership integrates legal and mental health services, and serves veterans who were kicked out of the military consequent to sexual assault, PTSD, or discrimination. Rose founded the partnership as a Skadden Fellow.

Rose’s work background includes all three branches of the federal government. After law school, she clerked for the Honorable Theodore A. McKee, then Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She also worked for Senator Blumenthal on his Senate Judiciary Committee and women’s health portfolios, and at the White House on Native American affairs. Before law school, Rose worked for several years at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, where she was nominated to serve on the Health Reform Evaluation Committee. She received Exceptional Achievement and Special Service awards for her work to improve the Medicare hospice program.

Rose has written about sexual assault, veterans, mental health, and end-of-life issues in prominent outlets, including: Wall Street Journal, Washington Post,New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, USA Today, The Hill, Hartford Courant, Albuquerque Journal, Slate, and Harvard Law & Policy Review

She is the appointed Vice Chair of the California Lawyers Association Litigation Section’s Veterans and Military Affairs Committee and serves on the Advisory Board of the American Indian Cultural District in San Francisco.

Rose has received numerous awards and recognitions, including: California Women Lawyers Fay Stender Award for humanity, courage, and commitment to the underrepresented; California Young Lawyers Association Jack Berman Award of Achievement for distinguished service to the public; Squire Patton Boggs Foundation Distinguished Fellow Award; National Center for Medical-Legal Partnerships Outstanding Research Award; Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE); Oklahoma Supreme Court Susan J. Ferrell Scholarship.

Rose earned her J.D. at Yale Law School, where she served as Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law, and Ethics, a Yale Law Journal Writing Fellow on mental health law, and a Coker Fellow in contract law. She received a Native American Law Students Association Writing Prize for an article on tribal judges’ citation practices. She also advocated for reform of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ evidentiary standard for military sexual trauma claims as a member of the Veterans Legal Services Clinic, and was a Student Director in the Global Health Justice Practicum.


J.D., Yale Law School (2015)
M.P.A., Columbia University (2008)
B.A., St. John's College (New Mexico) (2006)