Overview

As Schiff Hardin’s legal writing coach, Julie works one-­on-­one with summer associates, associates, and partners to improve their writing skills. Typically, Julie will review memos, briefs, and other documents while lawyers are drafting them and provide guidance on structure, style, and tone. Julie also conducts workshops that address common writing challenges. Recent topics include the following:

  • How to Write Persuasively
  • Grammar and Punctuation: What You Didn’t Learn in Elementary School
  • How to Revise, Edit, and Proofread Your Own Work
  • An Introduction to Legal Writing at Law Firms (for summer associates)
  • Effective Writing for Business Lawyers
  • Delivering Feedback: How Partners Can Work with Associates To Improve Their Legal Writing

Julie also contributes to Schiff’s recruiting and diversity efforts by hosting law student workshops at the University of Chicago Law School and at Howard University Law School.

Summer associates and associates frequently identify Julie as one of the reasons they choose Schiff. In a Chambers Associate profile of the firm, associates praised Julie’s efforts. “She’s an invaluable asset,” one associate said. “I’m amazed at how fast she responds with quality feedback.”

  • Experience

    • Julie joined Schiff Hardin in 2008 after teaching first-year legal research and writing for several years at Chicago-Kent College of Law. She continues to teach as an adjunct professor at area law schools.
    • From 1995 to 1999, Julie served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Civil Division of the United States Attorney’s Office in Boston. There, she initiated and litigated actions for monetary penalties based on violations of bank fraud and drug diversion statutes, the False Claims Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
    • Julie also represented the United States, its agencies, and their employees in defensive litigation including employment, tort, constitutional, Freedom of Information Act, and contract claims. Her practice included arguments on dispositive motions, as well as appeals before the First Circuit. In 1996, Julie received the Director’s Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant U.S. Attorney. Also in 1996, Julie served as Special Associate White House Counsel, analyzing policy and advising White House staff on compliance with internal ethics rules.
    • Earlier in her career, Julie served as Assistant Chief of Staff and Special Policy Adviser for Massachusetts Governor William F. Weld. She was an associate at Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C., from 1989 to 1993, where she practiced in the litigation and legislation areas.
  • Credentials

    Education

    • University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 1989
      Tony Patino Fellow
    • Harvard College, B.A., American History, 1986, magna cum laude

    Bar Admissions

    • Illinois
    • Massachusetts
          • Insights

            TITLE
            Event

            Writing Workshop: How to Revise, Edit, and Proofread Your Own Work

            Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, 2Civility, Jumpstart

            Location:
            Chicago, Ill.
            Event

            Take Your Legal Writing from Good to Great - Drafting Tips from the Pros

            American Bar Association, Landslide Webinar Series

            Speeches & Presentations

            • “Writing Workshop: How to Revise, Edit, and Proofread Your Own Work,” Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, 2Civility, Jumpstart, Chicago, Ill. (Feb. 21, 2019)
          • Citizenship

            Pro Bono Activities

            Julie has conducted several writing workshops for law students, lawyers, and legal assistants through the Chicago Bar Foundation’s Legal Aid Academy, the Diverse Attorney Pipeline Program (DAPP), and Equip for Equality.