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Michael Golden

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Michael Golden
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Court Information:
Wyoming Supreme Court
Title:   Former justice
Appointed by:   Mike Sullivan
Active:   1988-9/30/2012
Chief:   1994-1996
Succeeded by:   Michael K. Davis
Personal History
Undergraduate:   University of Wyoming, 1964
Law School:   U.W. College of Law, 1967
Grad. School:   University of Virginia (LL.M. in Judicial Process), 1992
Military service:   U.S. Army

Michael Golden was a justice of the Wyoming Supreme Court. Golden was a member of the court from 1988, when he was appointed by former Governor Mike Sullivan, until 2012. Golden served as the Chief Justice of the court from 1994 to 1996. He was retained in 1990, 1998 and 2006. He retired on Sept. 30, 2012 due to reaching the mandatory retirement age of 70.[1]


Golden received his B.A. from the University of Wyoming in 1964, and his J.D. from the U.W. College of Law in 1967. Golden earned an LL.M. in Judicial Process from the University of Virginia in 1992.[2]

Military service

Golden served for four years in the Judge Advocate General Corps in the U.S. Army.[3]


After retiring from the military, Golden spent his legal career in private practice. He was appointed to the Wyoming Supreme Court in 1988.[3]

Political ideology

See also: Political ideology of State Supreme Court Justices

In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan ideology of state supreme court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 are more liberal. Golden received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of -0.39, indicating a liberal ideological leaning. This is more liberal than the average CF score of 0.37 that justices received in Wyoming. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice, but an academic gauge of various factors.[4]

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