Education

  • J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 2003, Founding Member of Race and Poverty Law Journal
  • B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies, high honors, Appalachian State University

Admissions

  • California, 2003
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Penny Godbold, Of Counsel at Rosen, Bien, Galvan & Grunfeld, has over 13 years of experience enforcing disability and civil rights judgments in class action cases involving prisoners.  Her focus is on protecting the rights of people with disabilities in California prisons. 

Ms. Godbold is class counsel in Armstrong v. Brown and has served as class counsel in Clark v. California, two state-wide class actions on behalf of thousands of persons with disabilities in California prisons.  Prior to joining the firm she was a staff attorney at Prison Law Office.  Full bio »

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T: 415-433-6830
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Penny Godbold, Of Counsel at Rosen, Bien, Galvan & Grunfeld, has over 13 years of experience enforcing disability and civil rights judgments in class action cases involving prisoners.  Her focus is on protecting the rights of people with disabilities in California prisons. 

Ms. Godbold is class counsel in Armstrong v. Brown and has served as class counsel in Clark v. California, two state-wide class actions on behalf of thousands of persons with disabilities in California prisons.  Prior to joining the firm she was a staff attorney at Prison Law Office.  Ms. Godbold was a member of the investigation and litigation team in Plata v. Brown, in which the U.S. Supreme Court confirmed a lower court order requiring California to significantly reduce its severe prison overcrowding, an accomplishment for which the team was selected as a finalist for the 2010 Trial Lawyer of the Year Award from the Public Justice Foundation.  She has also represented individual prisoners in state court actions challenging conditions of confinement, violations of civil rights and restrictions on religious freedom inside California prisons. 

Ms. Godbold earned her J.D. in 2003 from University of California Hastings College of Law where she graduated with honors and was a founding member of the Race and Poverty Law Journal, a participant in the Civil Justice Clinic and a graduate of the Public Interest Program.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with high honors from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.

She has long been interested in human rights and conditions of confinement.  She completed an undergraduate course in international human rights and comparative legal systems at Tilburg University in the Netherlands.  She has twice traveled to Haiti as a member of the Hastings to Haiti Partnership where she has toured Haitian jails and participated in criminal court proceedings.  This fall Ms. Godbold is traveling to Norway as part of the U.S. European Criminal Justice Innovation Program, a delegation of representatives including heads of state corrections departments, judges, law makers, professors and experts on international conditions of incarceration.

Education

  • J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 2003, Founding Member of Race and Poverty Law Journal
  • B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies, high honors, Appalachian State University

Admissions

  • California, 2003

Professional Experience

  • Staff Attorney, Prison Law Office, 2003-2016

Penny Godbold, Of Counsel at Rosen, Bien, Galvan & Grunfeld, has over 13 years of experience enforcing disability and civil rights judgments in class action cases involving prisoners.  Her focus is on protecting the rights of people with disabilities in California prisons. 

Ms. Godbold is class counsel in Armstrong v. Brown and has served as class counsel in Clark v. California, two state-wide class actions on behalf of thousands of persons with disabilities in California prisons.  Prior to joining the firm she was a staff attorney at Prison Law Office.  Ms. Godbold was a member of the investigation and litigation team in Plata v. Brown, in which the U.S. Supreme Court confirmed a lower court order requiring California to significantly reduce its severe prison overcrowding, an accomplishment for which the team was selected as a finalist for the 2010 Trial Lawyer of the Year Award from the Public Justice Foundation.  She has also represented individual prisoners in state court actions challenging conditions of confinement, violations of civil rights and restrictions on religious freedom inside California prisons. 

Ms. Godbold earned her J.D. in 2003 from University of California Hastings College of Law where she graduated with honors and was a founding member of the Race and Poverty Law Journal, a participant in the Civil Justice Clinic and a graduate of the Public Interest Program.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with high honors from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.

She has long been interested in human rights and conditions of confinement.  She completed an undergraduate course in international human rights and comparative legal systems at Tilburg University in the Netherlands.  She has twice traveled to Haiti as a member of the Hastings to Haiti Partnership where she has toured Haitian jails and participated in criminal court proceedings.  This fall Ms. Godbold is traveling to Norway as part of the U.S. European Criminal Justice Innovation Program, a delegation of representatives including heads of state corrections departments, judges, law makers, professors and experts on international conditions of incarceration.