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YLS Lecturer Robin Golden ’98 Honored with Elm-Ivy Award

Selma M. Levine Clinical Lecturer in Law Robin Golden ’98, who oversees the Law School’s Community and Economic Development Clinic, has been awarded the prestigious Yale University Seton Elm-Ivy Award for  2010. Established in 1979, the award honors individuals and organizations whose work strengthens the relationship between the University and the city of New Haven. Elm Awards are given to members of the New Haven community, and Ivy Awards are given to Yale faculty, staff, and students. Golden’s Ivy Award recognized her clinic leadership and the outstanding contributions she and the clinic have made to the broader community.  Robin Golden with New Haven Mayor John DeStefano and Yale University President Richard C. Levin

The award citation read: 

Robin Golden is a trusted colleague and proven collaborator throughout the halls of Yale, the offices of City government, and the streets of New Haven’s neighborhoods. A graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School, she now leads the Law School’s Community and Economic Development Clinic. As a law student, Robin was among the founders of Amistad Academy. Prior to her current post, she served the City as Deputy Director of the Housing Authority of New Haven and as the Chief Operating Officer of the New Haven Public Schools.

The breadth and depth of the contributions she and the clinic make to the broader community are extraordinary. They provided more than a quarter million dollars of legal services to the Greater Dwight Development Corporation alone last year. They have also served the ROOF Project to help city residents save their homes and preserve neighborhoods with high rates of vacancy due to foreclosures. Other clinic partners include the CitySeed farmers market, New Haven Legal Assistance and a set of Dixwell neighborhood nonprofits.

Many people are dedicated lawyers and capable teachers. Robin is much more. As Dean Robert Post notes, “Robin is a force of nature. She displays constant good will, enthusiasm, and a commitment to the highest levels of excellence.”


Golden received her award, along with 13 other recipients, at a luncheon April 13 at Yale’s Woolsey Hall. The ceremony was hosted by Yale Vice President for New Haven and State Affairs and Campus Development Bruce Alexander and New Haven Mayor John DeStefano.

Read about all 14 award recipients here.