Born in New York City, Abraham Goldstein served in the U.S. Army from 1943-1946, as a demolitions specialist and counter intelligence agent in Germany during WWII before receiving a degree in Economics from City College of New York in 1946, and an LL.B from Yale in 1949. He clerked for Judge David L Bazelon of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. Professor Goldstein joined the Yale faculty 1956, became a full professor in 1961, was named William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law in 1967 and Sterling Professor of Law 1975 . He was Dean of Yale Law School from 1970-1975 and Provost of Yale in 1978-1979. In 1976 Professor Goldstein was awarded the Yale Law School Citation of Merit, it’s highest honor. He was the author of numerous papers and articles as well as several books including: The Insanity Defense 1967; The Myth of Judicial Supervision on Three Inquisitorial Systems 1977; The Passive Judiciary: Prosecutorial Discretion and the Guilty Plea 1980.