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WVC Grad Cassandra Goldman, Wabash Co. State's Attorney

 

Cassandra GoldmanCassandra Goldman, Wabash County State's Attorney

Cassandra receiving the TEAM Award from the Guardian Center Child Advocacy Center
with her husband Mike, son, Andrew

Cassandra Goldman, 1993 graduate of Wabash Valley College, has certainly dispelled the famous words of Thomas Wolfe…. “You Can’t Go Home Again,” and has definitely gone back to her hometown of Mt. Carmel where she is “putting into practice” her goal of becoming an attorney, a goal which she had when she first began her college career at Wabash Valley College. Not only has Cassandra fulfilled her dream of becoming an attorney – she was elected in 2008 to serve as Wabash County State’s Attorney. 

WVC Transfer Scholarship
Commenting on the beginning of her educational journey, Cassandra said…. “The Wabash Valley College Transfer Scholarship I was fortunate to receive when I graduated from Mt. Carmel High School covered the full cost of tuition in the first of what I hoped would be a lengthy educational journey. At the time my goal was to become an attorney, which would require a bachelor’s degree and graduation from three years of law school. The prospect of this financial commitment was daunting. I started WVC immediately that summer after high school graduation. With the help of WVC advisors, I was able to fashion a schedule that allowed me to graduate with Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees after three semesters (summer, fall, and spring). Upon graduation from WVC, I transferred to the University of Texas for my bachelor’s degree, and sixty (60) credits from WVC transferred with me. Thus, the WVC Transfer Scholarship saved me the cost of two years of college credits and allowed me to remain at home, a substantial additional savings. I realized my goal of becoming an attorney, graduating from law school six years after my high school graduation.”

WVC Experiences
State’s Attorney Goldman stated that among her many great experiences she had while at WVC was being selected to serve on the WVC Student Senate with Dr. Patricia Owens as the faculty advisor. She said, “One of my favorite memories of Student Senate was working on the Student Senate Political Forum for the 1992 election. Dr. Owens exposed the Senate members to professionals in the community by bringing in a variety of speakers. I remember being personally inspired when Jody McPherson came to speak to the Student Senate about her profession as a local attorney.”

She went on to say….. “Dr. Owens was also the faculty advisor for the Model United Nations program, and the skills Dr. Owens stressed to all participants in research, preparation, and presentation were skills that formed the foundation of skills I would use in law school and continue to build upon in my role as Wabash County State’s Attorney. I will always be grateful to Dr. Owens for pushing me, and the rest of her students, to analyze information and think independently.”

“Like many high school graduates, I knew my ultimate goal but didn’t have all of the pieces of the puzzling future in place. I knew I wanted to become an attorney. However, I had no idea when I started at WVC what I wanted to major in for my bachelor’s degree. The psychology classes I took with Mr. Gary Shaw fascinated me. I connected with the information we received in class and wanted to know more. I did decide to major in psychology and earned my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Texas before proceeding to law school. The knowledge that I gained in those first psychology classes at WVC carried with me through the bachelor’s degree program and is still useful to me in everyday life and in my profession.”

Upon graduation from law school at the Columbus School of Law in Washington, D. C., Cassandra Goldman “went home again” by returning to Wabash County and began practicing law. She commented… “To return to the community I love, to live and worship with friends and family, to bring the skills developed and the education obtained back home – the decision was an easy one for me. In 2008, the voters of Wabash County elected me to serve as State’s Attorney, providing me with the opportunity to serve the people and the community I love. I can honestly say that not a day goes by that I do not utilize a building block of the educational foundation my studies at WVC provided.”

“In 2002, I was honored to be asked to serve as a director of the Wabash Valley College Foundation, offering me a chance to give back to the educational institution that has been such a large part of my life and my community.”

Cassandra is involved in many local and area organizations, including:

  • Adjunct Faculty for McKendree University’s AiM program (teaching Constitutional Law
  • Instructor at WVC on courses for the Wabash County Special Advocates Program
  • Executive Board Member of the Second Judicial Circuit Juvenile Justice Council
  • Member of the Wabash County Project Success
  • Wabash County Truancy Review Board
  • Wabash County SHOCAP
  • Wabash County Juvenile Justice Council
  • Core Management Team Member of the WCUSD #348 Safe Schools Healthy Students Grant

She has also been a Presenter at Kids, Courts and Schools on benefits of Court Appointed Special Advocates Programs and at 32nd Annual Mt. Vernon Conference on “Taking Them to Raise: The Expanded Roles of Teachers, Administrators and Judges in the Struggle to Educate, Correct and Protect Kids

 She was recognized in 2010 by the Illinois State Police/Southern Illinois Drug Task Force for prosecutions of felony drug cases, and was recognized in 2010 by the Guardian Center Child Advocacy Center with the TEAM Award for work with the multidisciplinary case staffing of child sexual abuse/assault cases. 

(The photo is of Cassandra, her husband, Mike, and their son, Andrew, when Cassandra received the TEAM Award from the Guardian Center Child Advocacy Cemter/)


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