I’ve worked in the law, in tech, and in the creative world. All these experiences inform the work I do bringing big change to underfunded and understaffed organizations.
Communicator, Teacher, Storyteller
I write and speak for a huge range of audiences, from middle schoolers to experienced litigators, on a variety of subjects.
I would love to talk to you about the challenges your ogranization is facing. Let’s see if there’s anything I can do to get you back to what is most important to your team: helping people.
What "Making A Record" Means
In a courtroom, “making a record” is a slow process. Attorneys have to do a lot of small things to put the reality of someone’s (possibly unfamiliar) experience in a familiar form, piece by piece. Making a record is using data, anecdotes, science, whatever we can, to tell a true story that makes people care about someone or something they wouldn’t otherwise care about.
This process of making a record is at the core of how I do my work, whether it’s explaining to lawyers the importance of data entry in a case-management system, convincing a judge to bar the use of bad forensic evidence in a case, or helping stakeholders understand the human impact of the projects they’re working on.
My job is to help people translate their needs, their goals, their struggles into the right language for the people who need to understand it.
My Professional Bio
Stephen Goldmeier is a lawyer, consultant, and systems analyst. He most recently worked at the Bronx Defenders, where he led projects to improve systems, process, and technology to better serve poor clients in the Bronx. Stephen received his bachelor’s degree in education, with minors in chemistry and physics, from Otterbein University, and graduated from DePaul University’s College of Law with a certificate in intellectual property law. He worked at the Ohio Public Defender for five years in the appeals and postconviction section, where he litigated cases in every phase of a criminal proceeding, including successfully arguing two cases in the Ohio Supreme Court. His brief in one of those cases won a writing award from the Ohio State Bar Association. He also worked for two years in the policy and outreach department, co-leading the design and deployment of a unified state-wide data-collection and case-management system. In that role, he provided technical assistance to public-defender offices all over Ohio. Stephen also teaches nationally about the law, about systems for delivering services to marginalized populations, and about indigent defense. He has served as faculty at the National Legal Aid & Defender Association’s week-long appellate-writing and storytelling seminar in New Orleans, and he has designed and taught CLE courses about science, storytelling, and digital forensics.