Julia R. Wilson

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Chief Executive Officer
Professional Background:

As Chief Executive Officer, I am 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 my executive responsibilities at OneJustice, I enjoy traveling around California providing training and consulting support to the executives and boards of the legal nonprofit organizations in OneJustice’s network. My areas of expertise include analysis of civil justice delivery systems, designing pro bono programs, legal aid innovation practices, and best practices in nonprofit management for organizations with law at the heart of their mission.

I started my 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. I became Directing Attorney and then Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County’s first-ever Pro Bono Coordinator, developing and launching Legal Aid’s pro bono programs, which still continue to this day. From 2005 to early 2013, I served as the shared executive director of both OneJustice and its sister organization, the Legal Aid Association of California (LAAC). In this capacity, I 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.  I am proud to serve on the Board of Directors of BoardSource and Equal Justice Works.  I also serve on the Leadership Committee of Ready California, working with the Immigrant Legal Resource Center to support immigrant-serving organizations while continuing to build the statewide infrastructure to prepare for and respond to emerging threats and opportunities.

I really love:

I am a complete soccer addict.  I am a die hard fan of the Tottenham Hotspurs (Come On You Spurs!) and am the world’s least talented over-35 women’s recreational player. I live in Pacifica with my husband, Michael, and am the proud mom of two daughters – a junior at UC Santa Cruz (Go Slugs!) and a senior at the Foothill Middle College high school program.

Education and Awards:
  • B.A. in Linguistics from UCLA (summa cum laude) and J.D. with honors from Stanford Law School
  • 2012, Daily Journal Top 100 California Attorneys
  • 2010 CLAY (California Lawyer of the Year) Award from California Lawyer magazine for 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.
  • 2017 James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award
  • 2018 TEDx Talk on “Civil Justice: the Promise of America

 

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