Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Meet Judge Debra Goldstein, 2013 Woman of Distinction - Mildred Bell Johnson Awardee

Judge Debra Goldstein has been an administrative law judge for the Social Security Administration for the past 20 years. Before this position she was a trial attorney with the United States Department of Labor for 12 years. She is also an accomplished writer, and received an Independent Book Publisher (IPPY) Award for her mystery novel Maze in Blue, published in 2011. She has published numerous award-winning short stories and essays, as well as legal articles on sexual harassment, sex offender registration and notification, sex-based wage discrimination, mentoring, equal pay act and social security practice.

She currently serves on the YWCA board, the UAB Center for Metabolic Bone Disease Community Leadership Council, Alys Stephens advisory board, the American Heart Association Go Red for Women Executive advisory board and the Birmingham Bar Association Bulletin. In the past she has served on the executive board, board of directors and several committees for United Way of Central Alabama; as president, executive board member and program committee member of the Women’s Network; as social action vice president, administrative vice president and board member for Hadassah; as well as numerous other positions in the community.

Goldstein was a 2002 Woman of Distinction and was named one of the Birmingham Business Journal’s Top Ten Women in 2004. Her involvement with Girl Scouting began when she was Brownie as a girl. She has since served as a board member and troop leader.

With all of her accolades, Goldstein says her family is still her greatest sense of pride. “My children are my proudest accomplishment. Through them I see that whatever I have done, they have the capacity to go beyond,” she says.

The most valuable lesson she has learned from her service to the community is, “to be a good listener and to always try to leave something better than I found it.”

Goldstein will be honored a the 2013 East-Central Alabama Women of Distinction luncheon on Friday, March 8. For more information, visit