Rose Carmen Goldberg teaches the Veterans Law Practicum & Seminar and writing courses at UC Berkeley School of Law. In 2022, she received Berkeley Law’s Kathi Pugh Award for Exceptional Mentorship for her support of the L.O.V.E. (Legal Obstacles Veterans Encounter) student-led project. She has also taught at Stanford (op-ed writing) and Columbia (Medical-Legal Partnerships).
Rose’s decade of public interest work spans state service, legal aid, and all branches of the federal government. Currently, Rose is a Deputy Attorney General in the Office of the California Attorney General’s Public Rights Division. She litigates complex affirmative cases and engages in policy advocacy that affect millions of people. Her work focuses on ghost guns, servicemembers and veterans, and student loans and disability. She led a successful suit that challenged the Trump administration’s failure to implement the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program. Rose was selected as one of thirty Public Rights Project Affirmative Leaders Fellows nationwide to deepen the impact of her office’s work to protect vulnerable communities in collaboration with public litigators across the country.
Previously, Rose served as a Skadden Fellow and Supervising Attorney at Swords to Plowshares, where she founded a Medical-Legal Partnership for unhoused and low-income veterans in Oakland, California. The partnership integrated legal and mental health services for veterans who were kicked out of the military consequent to sexual assault, racial discrimination, or mental health conditions.
Rose clerked for the Honorable Theodore A. McKee, then Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Her federal service also includes working for Senator Blumenthal on his Senate Judiciary Committee and women’s health portfolios, and at the White House in the Obama administration on Native American Affairs. Before law school, Rose worked 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, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, USA Today, The Hill, Boston Globe, Albuquerque Journal, and Slate. In 2021, she received awards from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists for her crisis commentary and social justice writing.
Rose is the appointed Vice Chair of the California Lawyers Association Litigation Section’s Veterans and Military Affairs Committee. She also serves on the Advisory Board of the American Indian Cultural District in San Francisco and on the Board of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California Historical Society.
Rose’s public service has been recognized with numerous awards and recognitions, including: California Women Lawyers Fay Stender Award for humanity, courage, and commitment to the underrepresented; California Department of Veterans Affairs Women Veterans Advocates Award; 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 disability 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)
Rose Goldberg is teaching the following courses in Fall 2023:
295.4C sec. 001 - Veterans' Law Practicum Seminar
295.4D sec. 001 - Veterans Law Practicum
295.4K sec. 001 - Advanced Veterans Law Practicum
295.4L sec. 001 - Advanced Veterans' Law Practicum Seminar
Courses During Other Semesters
|Semester||Course Num||Course Title||Teaching Evaluations||Summer 2023||206.52S sec. 001||Writing to Persuade: How to Win the Hearts and Minds of Any Audience||View Teaching Evaluation||Spring 2023||295.4K sec. 001||Advanced Veterans Law Practicum||View Teaching Evaluation||295.4L sec. 001||Advanced Veterans' Law Practicum Seminar||View Teaching Evaluation||Fall 2022||295.4C sec. 001||Veterans' Law Practicum Seminar||View Teaching Evaluation||295.4D sec. 001||Veterans Law Practicum||View Teaching Evaluation||295.4K sec. 001||Advanced Veterans Law Practicum||View Teaching Evaluation||295.4L sec. 001||Advanced Veterans' Law Practicum Seminar||View Teaching Evaluation||Spring 2022||295.4K sec. 001||Advanced Veterans Law Practicum||View Teaching Evaluation||295.4L sec. 001||Advanced Veterans Law Practicum Seminar||View Teaching Evaluation|
Lawsuits accuse unlicensed massage therapist at Ft. Sam of sexually assaulting two female service members on same day
“There is a longstanding history of the military not being held accountable for sexual assaults that take place under its watch,” said Rose Carmen Goldberg, a veterans law lecturer at the University of California School of Law.
“It’s a complicated and unique area of the law with its own statutes and regulations,” said Lecturer Rose Carmen Goldberg.
They’re working with an alliance of legal aid organizations, immigration law experts, a former judge, and affected veterans, under the supervision of Lecturer Rose Carmen Goldberg.
Lecturer Rose Carmen Goldberg explores the alarming decrease in accessibility of hospice care despite the increase in death and awareness of the importance of end-of-life care during the pandemic
Lecturer Rose Carmen Goldberg discusses how one law is responsible for decades of sexual assault in the military going unpunished
Lecturer Rose Carmen Goldberg writes about her experience putting her father to rest.
Lecturer Rose Carmen Goldberg discusses the crisis of sexual assault in the military
Lecturer Rose Carmen Goldberg reflects on the passing of her father from COVID-19 and the support she found by joining a virtual grief group
Op-Ed: With the Biden-Harris administration on the horizon, there’s reason for hope this Veterans Day
Lecturer Rose Carmen Goldberg writes the Biden/Harris administration’s commitment to veterans gives hope this Veterans Day
Lecturer Rose Carmen Goldberg reflects on her last moments with her father and how COVID-19 restrictions made it difficult to have those last moments
Lecturer Rose Carmen Goldberg explains why the Senate should pass the PAWS for Veterans Therapy Act, which would create a five-year pilot program requiring the VA to fund service dogs for veterans with PTSD and other mental health conditions
Lecturer Rose Carmen Goldberg writes about her father’s COVID-19 diagnosis
Lecturer Rose Carmen Goldberg, with Dwight Stirling, calls for California to pass Senate Bill 1274 to empower service members to sue their assailants in civilian court
Lecturer Rose Carmen Goldberg discusses the necessary reform the VA needs to make to help service members with PTSD who desperately need proper care
Lecturer Rose Carmen Goldberg discusses how the new $738 billion bill under the National Defense Authorization Act leaves victims of military medical malpractice, sexual assault and other grievous harms with little recourse
Lecturer Rose Carmen Goldberg expresses concern that Congress’s proposed administrative process for medical malpractice claims will be used by the Defense Department as a remedy to protect Feres
Lecturer Rose Carmen Goldberg discusses the lack of legislation fighting military sexual assault and the need for more legislation in order to help sexual assault victims
Lecturer Rose Carmen Goldberg comments on Alejandro Garcia’s experience as a veteran who was denied benefits for almost nine years