Julia Powell earned her Juris Doctor from the Stanford Law School in California in 2007 before joining the law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in New York City. Ms. Powell practiced law from 2007 through 2010 and currently holds membership with the New York State Bar Association. Julia Powell recently left the legal profession to follow her lifelong interest in writing, and is in the process of completing her first novel.
While attending Stanford, Julia Powell served as the Senior Development Editor of the Stanford Law Review and captained the intramural basketball, soccer, and football teams. Ms. Powell also functioned as a writer and actor in the Stanford Law School Musical in 2006 and 2007. Committed to social causes, Julia Powell completed an internship with the Civil Rights Division’s Criminal Section at the Department of Justice during the summer of 2005. Ms. Powell maintained responsibility for researching and writing topics on sex trafficking, hate crimes, and color of law violations. Julia Powell continued her work on behalf of social causes the following year as a Summer Associate for Debevoise & Plimpton and during her ensuing full-time employment with the firm. Her pro bono work covered election protection, the death penalty, and domestic violence cases.
An alumnus of Yale University, Julia Powell graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in History. Interested in both sports and the arts, she maintained an extensive range of extracurricular activities at Yale, counseling troubled teens, volunteering as a trip leader during freshman orientation, and participating in intramural sports such as soccer, football, and basketball. Julia Powell held membership with St. Anthony Hall, a literary society, and was chosen to take part in a writing tutorial with Robert Stone, the National Book Award winner.
After graduating from Yale, Julia Powell spent a year in Portland, Oregon, as a volunteer for the “I Have a Dream” Foundation, mentoring and tutoring underprivileged children. In addition to her writing, Ms. Powell still enjoys soccer and has finished three marathons.