Profile: aaron.goldstein

Aaron Goldstein has been an attorney for over 15 years and is currently an attorney supervisor at the Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender in the First Municipal Division. Before coming to the Cook County Public Defender’s Office, he was the founder of The Goldstein Firm, P.C., a criminal defense and civil rights firm in Chicago. Mr. Goldstein has handled all types of criminal federal and state cases and has tried hundreds of felony cases. Mr. Goldstein was the attorney for former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich and former Chicago Alderman and Cook County Commissioner William Beavers. He has also represented individuals arrested during the NATO and Occupy Chicago protests. Mr. Goldstein first began his career as an assistant public defender handling all types of state criminal cases as well as child protection cases. Mr. Goldstein is licensed to practice in Illinois and is a member of the Federal Trial Bar and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a member of the Federal Panel which is a select group of attorneys qualified to receive appointments to federal criminal cases. While Illinois had the death penalty, he was certified to handle capital cases as a member of the Illinois Capital Litigation Trial Bar. Mr. Goldstein graduated With Distinction from the University of Iowa, College of Law in 2000. At the University of Iowa, his journal article was published in the Journal of Gender, Race & Justice. Mr. Goldstein teaches Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure at North Park University and taught the trial advocacy team at the DePaul University College of Law. He has also spoken at various seminars and bar associations, law offices and universities. In 2016 Mr. Goldstein was elected Democratic Committeeman for the 33rd Ward in Chicago defeating 40-year incumbent Dick Mell.




December 15, 2018: Registration is now open for NAPD's Spring Events:
  • Executive Leadership Insitute (Frankfort, KY)
  • Train the Trainer (Frankfort, KY)
  • "We the Defenders" Investigators Conference (Biloxi, MS)
  • "We the Defenders" Social Workers/Sentencing AdvocatesConference (Biloxi, MS)
  • Team Mitigation Institute (Atlanta, GA)
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October 30, 2018: NAPD releases a video about its achievements over the 5 years since forming in November in 2013. This films was coordinated by NAPD Steering Committee Member and San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi and debuted at the Racial Justice Training and 5 Year Celebration in Baltimore, Maryland. You can watch the video HERE

July 1, 2018: General Registration opens for the “WE THE DEFENDERS” TRAINING CONFERENCE,  November 26-29, 2018, Indianapolis, IN

You can watch a video about the event HERE 

Due to overwhelming demand, NAPD will again offer this comprehensive Investigator and Social Worker/Sentencing Advocate training experience! The program will include one track for Investigators and a separate track for Social Worker/Sentencing Advocates.  Hear from nationally recognized experts who will share their knowledge on a wide range of topics relevant to the work you do each and every day.  Network with other criminal defense practitioners from around the country and find your tribe. 

January 23, 2018: In response to US Attorney General Jeff Session's reversal of prior policy on the imposition of fines and fees for criminal defendants, NAPD submitted the following letter on behalf of the public defender community. You can read the letter HERE