Julia is the Program Director for Permanency Mediation Services. She oversees the day-to-day operations, including managing referrals from the Juvenile and Probate and Family Courts, the training of permanency mediators and coordinating all program activities.
From 2005-2010, Julia was the Program Director for Massachusetts Families for Kids which was lead agency for the Juvenile and Probate and Family Courts’ statewide permanency mediation services. Julia was trained as a permanency mediator in 2000 during the state’s first roll out of permanency mediation in the courts. She helped with mentoring and training new mediators until she was hired as program director. Julia is an attorney who has practiced in the Massachusetts Juvenile and Probate and Family Courts since 1992. She focused on Care and Protection and Termination of Parental Rights cases representing children and parents. Her work in the Juvenile Court included conducting Court Investigations and being appointed as Guardian Ad Litem for children. Julia has also practiced in the Massachusetts Appeals Court representing both parents and children in appeals of their Care and Protection or Adoption cases. Julia began representing children in Cook County, Illinois at the Public Guardian’s Office in 1989.
Julia studied Criminal Justice at Loyola University Chicago, and obtained her Juris Doctor Degree at Loyola University School of Law Chicago. She has been practicing in Massachusetts since 1993.