Julie Rikelman, Senior Director


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Julie Rikelman

Julie was appointed the Center’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.

In March 2020, Julie successfully argued a major abortion rights case at the United States Supreme Court, June Medical Services v. Russo. The Center's victory in the case, brought in partnership with its long-standing client, Hope Medical Group, preserved critical access to abortion in Louisiana. Julie's other litigation work at the Center has included fighting to keep open the only abortion clinic in Mississippi, challenging abortion bans, and leading the Center's efforts against invasive ultrasound laws, including developing an innovative legal strategy that exposes how these laws violate the First Amendment rights of patients and providers.

Earlier, Julie was part of the Center's team in a successful challenge at the United States Supreme Court (in Ferguson v. City of Charleston) to a local policy requiring a public hospital to report to the police confidential medical information of low-income pregnant people of color. She has also defended the rights of teenagers in Florida and Alaska to make their own reproductive health decisions 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.