Adjunct Assistant Professor
John Wells Division of Writing for Screen & Television
Jill Goldsmith is a writer and producer for television, with credits on many Emmy-winning series, including NYPD Blue, The Practice, Ally McBeal, Law & Order, Boston Legal, and also Rizzoli & Isles. Currently in development with a project at Universal, she was previously the Showrunner and Executive Producer for a one-hour drama in development at BET. Jill was also a Finalist for the Humanitas Prize for an episode of Boston Legal, and has sold pilots to ABC, NBC, and Universal. She has been a featured speaker at many conferences and writing programs and has appeared on C-Span Close Up, CBS News, and CNN.
Jill received an MFA in Screenwriting from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, where she has also been a professor. She is a contributing author to the book, Lawyers In Your Living Room! Law On Television, published in 2009, in which she wrote the chapter entitled, Writing For Television: From Courtroom to Writers’ Room.
Prior to writing for television, Jill spent seven years as a Public Defender in the Juvenile and Felony Trial Divisions of the Cook County Public Defender’s Office in Chicago, Illinois, and also served an internship with U.S. Senator Paul Simon on the Senate Judiciary Committee.