Julie Rikelman

Julie Rikelman, Litigation Director

Julie was appointed the organization's Litigation Director in 2012 after returning to the organization in 2011 as a Senior Staff Attorney. She first worked at the Center from 1999-2001 as a Blackmun Fellow.

Most recently, Julie was one of our lead attorneys working on invasive ultrasound laws, helping to build an innovative legal strategy that exposes the way in which these laws violate the 1st Amendment rights of both patients and their doctors. Earlier, Julie was part of the Center's team in a successful challenge in the United States Supreme Court (in Ferguson v. City of Charleston) to a local policy requiring a hospital to report to the police confidential medical information of poor and minority pregnant women. She also has defended the rights of teenagers in Florida and Alaska to make their own reproductive health choices and litigated against restrictions on medication abortion.

Prior to returning to the Center, Julie was Vice President, Litigation at NBC Universal. She clerked for the Hon. Morton I. Greenberg of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the Hon. Dana A. Fabe of the Alaska Supreme Court. In 2004, she won the National Law Journal Pro Bono Award. Julie graduated with honors from Harvard Law School and Harvard College.