Janlori Goldman teaches Public Health Law and Social Justice at Columbia Law School and NYU School of Law. She works with the Center for Justice at Columbia University and as a writing mentor and at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Goldman’s book of poetry, Bread from a Stranger’s Oven, won the White Pine Press Poetry Award and was published in 2016.
She has served on the faculty at the Center for the History and Ethics of Public Health, Department of Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, and at Columbia's College of Physicians and Surgeons in the Center on Medicine as a profession. Goldman has also taught in Columbia’s program on Narrative Medicine
Goldman has worked as civil rights and civil liberties advocate since 1984. In 1997, she founded and directed the Health Privacy Project in Washington, D.C., and led the effort in support of the HIPAA privacy regulation. She was a visiting scholar at Georgetown University Law Center, and worked at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. In 1994, Goldman co-founded the Center for Democracy & Technology. From 1986 to 1994, she was the staff attorney and director of the privacy and technology project of the American Civil Liberties Union.
While at the ACLU, Goldman led the effort to enact the Video Privacy Protection Act, and led initiatives to protect health, credit and financial information, and personal information held by the government. Goldman has testified frequently before Congress, and has served on numerous commissions and advisory boards. She served as counsel to Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, and more recently, as senior staff at the Center for Community Change.