Robert J. Golten

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Robert J. Golten

Robert (Bob) Golten (1933-2012) was known for a colorful and varied career as a public interest lawyer fighting for the rights of the underdog. His interest in human rights law developed from experiences building clinical law education in countries emerging from communism or colonialism.  

As a volunteer with the American Bar Association in 1996, Golten helped establish or reinforce clinical law programs at law schools in Slovakia, Azerbaijan, and Uganda. He also helped develop law school clinics in Kyrgystan, Kazakhstan and Moldova. By then, he had already built clinical programs at Denver University and University of Colorado.

In that spirit, he co-founded, with Professor Noah Novogrodsky, the Center for International Human Rights Law and Advocacy at the University of Wyoming College of Law in 2010 while serving as a visiting professor.

Robert J. Golten Fellowship

The Robert J. Golten Fellowship continues Golten’s legacy at the UW College of Law. It provides the funding for a Golten Fellow of International Human Rights to strengthen the work of the center and clinic, leading to greater international opportunities for UW College of Law students.


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