making a record

Stephen Goldmeier


law, data, culture, storytelling, and systemic reform


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Stories change the world.

But we have to make the record to back up those stories.

I'm Stephen Goldmeier, and I'm a Public Information Attorney at the Office of the Ohio Public Defender. I've taught science and law, litigated cases, told stories, and analyzed data, with the hope of making the world a little bit better. I'm looking to keep doing that sort of thing.

About Me

I received my bachelor’s degree in education, with minors in chemistry and physics, from Otterbein University, and I graduated from DePaul University’s College of Law with a certificate in intellectual property law. I worked in appeals and postconviction for five years before transitioning to my current role in state-wide data collection, policy, and outreach. I've represented clients in state and federal court, from county common pleas courts up to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. In addition to my work as an attorney, I've also taught about the law and about indigent defense on many occasions, addressing audiences ranging from a middle school students to appellate lawyers from around the country. I've served as faculty at the National Legal Aid & Defender Association’s week-long appellate-writing and storytelling seminar in New Orleans, and I'm a trainer with my office's Forensic Training Unit, teaching about science storytelling and digital forensics.