JIO: Michele Goldfarb of the Law School

Michele Goldfarb, who has been Acting Judicial Inquiry Officer since August 1, has been named to the post after a search that began last fall, Provost Stanley Chodorow has announced.

"I was delighted that the search committee, which had on it students as well as faculty and staff, strongly recommended Michele Goldfarb as its favored candidate," the Provost said. "Michele has been Acting JIO for nearly a year now, and I, my staff, and the VPUL staff who have worked with her have been greatly impressed. The JIO has a very important and very difficult job, and Michele has done it superbly. I have relied on her judgment, common sense, and sound values and look forward to working with her under the new charter."

As JIO, Ms. Goldfarb will also be director of the Student Dispute Resolution Center. She is responsible for the investigation and resolution of alleged violations of the Code of Student Conduct and the Code of Academic Integrity, and for "ensuring that the disciplinary process is fair, timely and consistent," Dr. Chodorow said. The JIO is also responsible for educating the University community about behavioral standards and the disciplinary process set in place to handle violations of those standards.

Ms. Goldfarb, who earned her B.A. in history at Oberlin College in 1972, attended The American University's Washington College of Law, where she received the J.D. summa cum laude in 1975. After a clerkship with the Hon. Stanley S. Harris, then of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, she served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for three years before moving to Philadelphia to serve as an Assistant District Attorney. In 1988 she entered teaching, at Temple University as a visiting instructor in criminal procedure. The following year she became senior law clerk to the Hon. Phyllis W. Beck of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, dealing primarily in criminal and family law issues, and in 1992 she was named to the clinical faculty of the Penn Law School.

As part of her work in the Civil Practice Clinic here she has also been the attorney of record for all cases handled by students representing the clients of the Penn Legal Assistance Office, where subject areas include domestic relations, social security, and general civil practice.

After becoming Acting JIO last year, Ms. Goldfarb also took intensive training in mediation in at the Friends Conflict Resolution Center in Philadelphia.


Volume 42 Number 32
May 14, 1996

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