Julie served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia from 1991 to 2001. During her time as an AUSA, Julie specialized in prosecuting sexual assault cases and received numerous awards from law enforcement and the Department of Justice. In 1998, she was awarded an Atlantic Fellowship in Public Policy and spent ten months studying how sex crimes are investigated and prosecuted in the UK. At the conclusion of her fellowship, Julie published an article in The Journal of Criminal Law, a British Law Review, entitled, “Giving Voice to Victims – Why the Criminal Justice System in England and Wales Should Allow Victims to Speak Up for Themselves.”
Julie holds a B.A. in English from John Carroll University and is a 1986 graduate of The Georgetown University Law Center, where she served on The Tax Lawyer law review. She clerked for The Honorable Virginia L. Riley of the D.C. Superior Court. A former member of the Adjunct Faculty at the American University Washington College of Law, Julie has lectured in the US and UK on issues of criminal law, criminal investigations, sexual abuse, domestic violence, victims’ rights, and children as witnesses. From 2004 to 2006, she served on the Advisory Board of The Tree House, Montgomery County Maryland’s Child Assessment Center, which supports children who are victims of sexual and/or physical abuse and has consulted for the National Institute of Corrections Project on Addressing Prison Rape. In 2017, Julie became a member of the Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll awarded by the D.C. Access to Justice Commission and the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center for contributing more than fifty hours of pro bono service in a year.
Julie is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia and Ohio and is also a partner at Cohen Seglias in the Washington DC office.