Erica Goldberg

Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law



Erica Goldberg studies how First Amendment protections interact with and limit the ways that tort and criminal law identify, conceptualize, and regulate harm. Her research creates frameworks for comparing different types of harm and applies new insights about the self to understand our free speech values.  Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Columbia Law Review, the Connecticut Law Review, and the Michigan Law Review Online. She received her B.A., summa cum laude, in biology and English from Tufts University and her J.D., with distinction, from Stanford Law School. After receiving her law degree, she clerked for Judge Ronald L. Gilman on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and practiced appellate litigation at Latham & Watkins.  She then worked at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, a nonpartisan organization devoted to protecting constitutional rights for students and faculty at public universities.  Prior to becoming a Climenko Fellow, Ms. Goldberg served as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Penn State Law School, teaching Civil Procedure, Criminal Procedure, and Law and Religion. A former reporter for the Phnom Penh Post in Cambodia, Ms. Goldberg has also been a contributing writer for SCOTUSblog and a guest blogger at Concurring Opinions. Her primary teaching interests include torts, Constitutional Law, First Amendment law, and criminal law.


Free Speech Consequentialism (Columbia Law Review, forthcoming 2016).

Emotional Duties, 47 Conn. L. Rev. 809 (2015).

Getting Beyond Intuition in the Probable Cause Inquiry, 17 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 789 (2013).

How United States v. Jones Can Restore Our Faith in the Fourth Amendment, 110 Mich. L. Rev. First Impressions 62 (2012).