Fara Gold, who graduated from Miami Law in 2003, is to receive the Attorney General's Award for Outstanding Contributions by a New Employee on Oct. 17 at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.
As a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice, Gold has prosecuted and convicted multiple defendants in some of the Criminal Section's most difficult cases, including United States v. Beebe, et al., the first case ever brought by the department under the Matthew Shepard-James Byrd Hate Crimes Prevention Act.
"I am very excited about the award and pretty overwhelmed by it," said Gold, who has worked for the Department of Justice since 2009. Her primary task is to handle hate crimes and police misconduct cases throughout the country. She has investigated and prosecuted cases in Missouri, Oklahoma, Oregon, Mississippi, New Jersey, and Ohio, including religious desecration, jail beating and police sexual-assault cases. In 2011, the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division awarded her a Special Commendation for Outstanding Service. Prior to joining the Department of Justice, she served for six years as an Assistant State Attorney for the Broward County State Attorney's Office in Fort Lauderdale, where she specialized in prosecuting sex crimes and child abuse cases.
"My current position is amazing because it allows me to continue my passion for serving the public interest, while employing my skills as a prosecutor," Gold said. "It gives me the opportunity to advocate for individuals who are victimized because of their position in life, their appearance, their belief, or their vulnerabilities."
While a student at Miami Law, Gold was a Miami Scholar, President of Miami Law Women and a project leader and volunteer with the HOPE Public Interest Resource Center. She was also active in Moot Court, the Center for Ethics & Public Service, and was a member of the International and Comparative Law Review. Earlier, she attended Emory University.