AREAS OF PRACTICE
BA, Washington University
JD/MSW Washington University (Dual Degree Program)
Member, California Bar
Inactive Member, Missouri Bar
Julia F. Weber, JD, MSW, has spent her career developing innovative approaches to solving complex issues facing families, children, and communities. She is passionate about working with people to tackle tough issues thoughtfully and with compassion. She also brings extensive experience working on issues related to intimate partner, family, and gender-based/sexual violence to her work. Her commitment to addressing personal and broad societal issues around gender, race, and the law enables her to effectively work with a wide range of challenging issues facing families, organizations, and individuals. Julia brings unique experience working within court systems – including the largest court system in the country – and with judicial leadership to identify and implement best practices.
EDUCATION & COURT ADMISSIONS
Julia has a law degree and a Masters in Social work from Washington University in St. Louis, is a certified mediator, and a member of the State Bar of California (inactive member of the Missouri State Bar). She pursued both degrees at the same time and as a result, brings a cohesive and comprehensive perspective to family and community issues.
Julia has expertise in what the law is and how to shape it to be what it should be to most effectively support social justice and individual well-being.
- over 17 years with the Center for Families, Children & the Courts, working with California’s courts and judicial branch leadership statewide; former co-counsel of the Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee
- training hundreds of family law mediators and court-connected professionals on law, research, best practices, and intimate partner violence
- mediating child custody disputes
- developing family law policies, procedures, and effective court processes and procedures
- facilitating groups for prospective adoptive parents considering transracial adoption
- developing and teaching courses and workshops on bias and on domestic violence
- working on issues impacting the LGBTQ community
- addressing marriage equality, domestic partnership, and family formation policies
- representing children in family court
APPROACH TO THE WORK
Julia’s focus on reducing family conflict and addressing societal issues includes a deep understanding of the complexities of intimate relationships and relationships involving power and control. She appreciates the uniqueness of personal experiences as well as the often shared issues many people face that can help clients better understand their options. Julia utilizes technology to make her work with clients and organizations efficient and cost-effective – and her services accessible.
In addition to being a certified mediator who can facilitate joint sessions or work with each person individually to facilitate agreements, Julia’s in-depth work in domestic violence prevention means she can help clients recognize when mediation may not be the right approach. She developed one of the first international employee policies addressing domestic violence for a major corporation; led a family violence coordinating council in crafting a coordinated community response; and has worked for many years on policy development and implementation around family law, child custody, and domestic violence. Before moving to California in 1999, Julia taught courses at Washington University on race, gender, and law, an experience she draws on consistently as part of her commitment to addressing issues of fairness and bias throughout her work. She also teaches Domestic Violence Law at Golden Gate School of Law in San Francisco. Her interest in integrating social welfare values and legal principles, combined with her ability to think creatively about complex problems and her many years working with courts, clients, and community agencies, provide her with a unique ability to work collaboratively to develop fair, responsive, and effective solutions for today’s families.