Staff Attorney, Civil Justice Practice
Julia is a staff attorney in the Civil Justice Practice at BDS, where she represents low-income clients who have had interaction with the criminal, family or immigration justice systems in administrative proceedings, eviction proceedings, affirmative actions seeking repairs and advocates on their behalf for access to public benefits.
Julia joined BDS in February 2016 from the Storm Response Unit at the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) where she had been an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow and a staff attorney for three years. While at NYLAG, Julia represented tenants and consumers in housing court, civil court, and administrative proceedings and provided advice and advocacy services to clients on a variety of disaster related legal issues.
Prior to joining NYLAG, Julia was a Brooklyn Law School Fellow in the Housing Unit at South Brooklyn Legal Services where she also interned her second summer of law school. During her first summer she interned in the Homeless Outreach and Prevention Project at the Urban Justice Center representing public assistance recipients in administrative fair hearings.
During law school Julia helped co-found two student pro bono projects: the Fair Hearing Representation and Assistance Project and the NYCHA Tenant Eviction Prevention Project. Throughout her third year she also participated in the Youth Reentry clinic assisting young people with legal issues collateral to their criminal justice involvement, including housing, employment discrimination, juvenile justice, and family law matters.
Prior to law school Julia worked as a tenant advocate in Washington DC organizing and assisting low income long-term tenants to prevent their unwanted displacement from gentrifying neighborhoods. Julia graduated from Brooklyn Law School and is admitted to practice law in the State of New York. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Women’s Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles.