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Public Interest Networking


January 30, 2014 12:45pm - 2:00pm

Room 285

    In public interest jobs, developing one's network is key to a successful and fulfilling career.  

    But what does networking mean?  And how does one really go about doing it?  

    Come learn from one of the best networkers we know.  As Executive Director of OneJustice, Julia R. Wilson ('98) is responsible for leading OneJustice's statewide network of 100+ nonprofit legal organizations, law firms, law schools and businesses that together provide life-changing legal assistance to over 270,000 low-income Californians each year. 
    In addition to her executive responsibilities at OneJustice, Julia enjoys traveling around California providing training and consulting support to the executives and boards of the legal nonprofit organizations in OneJustice's network.  Her programmatic areas of expertise include designing innovative pro bono delivery systems and building effective and engaging board governance, including training board members how to be joyful "sparkplug" friend- and fund-raisers for their organizations.   In 2012, she was named by the Daily Journal as one of California's Top 100 Attorneys in recognition of her work at OneJustice.
    Julia started her legal career in 1998 as an Equal Justice Works (then NAPIL) Fellow at the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County, providing free legal assistance to low-income residents with a focus on serving very young children with disabilities.  She became Directing Attorney and then Legal Aid's first-ever Pro Bono Coordinator, developing and launching Legal Aid's pro bono programs, which continue today.  From 2005 to early 2013, she served as the shared executive director of both OneJustice and its sister organization, the Legal Aid Association of California (LAAC).  In this capacity, she led statewide advocacy efforts on behalf of the legal services delivery system, undertook multiple statewide strategic planning initiatives, and served as the legal services community’s liaison to key access to justice partners. During this period she received a 2010 CLAY (California Lawyer of the Year) Award from California Lawyer magazine for her work on the successful passage of AB 590 (Feuer), which created the Shriver Civil Counsel Act to increase representation for low-income Californians in civil matters affecting basic life necessities.
    Julia graduated summa cum laude from UCLA with a BA in Linguistics and with honors from Stanford Law School.  When not working on pro bono and nonprofit management issues, she plays indoor and outdoor soccer and roots for two soccer teams - FC Barcelona and Tottenham Hotspurs.  She lives in Pacifica with her husband, Michael, and her two teen-aged daughters.
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