Seth Goldstein is an attorney, expert witness, and a trial consultant.
He served as the investigator and Project Director for the Child Abuse Vertical Prosecution Unit of the Napa County District Attorney, Napa, California for four years. He also worked as an investigator with the Santa Clara County District Attorney, San Jose, California, for three years preparing child abuse cases for court. Prior to that, he worked for the Berkeley Police Department for 13 years. He now represents parents in Family Law, Juvenile, and Personal Injury matters wherein child abuse allegations have arisen.
He has worked as a Special Prosecutor for San Benito County where he successfully litigated to conviction a child abuse homicide for second degree murder, securing a 25 years-to-life sentence. His practice concentrates on child abuse arising in the context of dissolution, custody, and visitation matters.
He grew up in Berkeley and graduated with a B.A. degree from the University of California, at Berkeley in 1977. He was conferred a J.D. degree in 1993 from the Oakland College of Law and was admitted to the California Bar in 1995. He also practices in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.
He has presented at seminars and workshops on the issues of child abuse in custody and visitation cases throughout the US and overseas. He has also lectured at seminars for the University of Southern California, Stanford and Harvard Universities, as well at the FBI Academy at Quantico, Va. He is certified as a Criminal Investigation Instructor by, and teaches for, the Robert Presley Institute for Criminal Investigation, California Department of Justice, Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training.
He has written several articles on the subject of sexual abuse and exploitation of children, which have been published nationally and has been recognized for his work on numerous occasions - twice by the American Bar Association. His most recent publications are specifically on how to properly handle child abuse allegations that arise during custody and visitation matters. He is on the editorial review boards of the Journal of Child Custody and the Journal of Child Sexual Abuse.
He is the author of the textbook The Sexual Exploitation of Children: A Practical Guide to Assessment, Investigation, and Intervention, 2nd Edition, 1999, published by CRC Press. Available at: http://www.crcpress.com/shopping_cart/products/product_detail.asp?sku=8154&isbn=9780849381546&parent_id=&pc=
He has testified as an expert witness in the courts of California and several other states, including a branch of the Florida Supreme Court, as well as numerous California and Federal legislative commissions and committees.
He sat on the California and United States Department of Justice Committees that created investigative and academy curricula for investigations of sexual abuse and exploitation of children. He is currently a member of the State of California, Office of Emergency Services, Sexual Assault Advisory Group.
He was a founding board member of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
In April of 1985, he was honored to be invited to the White House to meet with President Ronald Reagan about the issue of missing and exploited children.
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