Clients turn to Julie for her advice on the crucial day-to-day issues faced by local governments and her expertise in social media and land use matters.
Julie focuses her practice on local government and land use matters, counseling clients on elections, FOIA, open meetings, ethics, and social media issues. She regularly attends board and commission meetings on behalf of the firm’s government clients. She has prepared and updated policies on records retention, electronic communications, and social media. She has been actively advising clients on how to address new laws relating to concealed carry and medical marijuana. She has experience negotiating annexation and development agreements, drafting zoning and other development regulations, and negotiating economic development projects. She also represents clients in land use disputes in state and federal courts.
Julie currently serves as Village Attorney for Gilberts, Lindenhurst, Wadsworth and Herrick, City Attorney for Pana, and counsel to the Glencoe Police Pension Board and the Library Integrated Network Consortium (LINC).
Julie is co-chair of Ancel Glink's land use practice. She is editor of Ancel Glink Today, an e-newsletter distributed to firm clients twice each month. Julie is also the author of the local government blog, Municipal Minute and social media blog, Strategically Social.
Prior to her law career, Julie served for eight years in the United States Army, Military Intelligence Branch, as a Korean cryptologic-linguist.
- Prepare administrative policies relating to FOIA, social media, electronic communications, medical marijuana, concealed carry, other personnel issues, and the conduct of zoning hearings
- Comprehensive rewrite of zoning, subdivision, sign, and other development regulations
- Conduct trainings on OMA, FOIA, social media, sexual harassment, and other personnel issues
- Successfully defended a municipality against a developer's equal protection challenge to the municipality's denial of a rezoning application for a student housing development
- Negotiated a settlement to enforce an agreement involving a mixed-use downtown development
- Successfully defended a municipality in an action by property owners challenging the annexation of certain property, affirmed by the Illinois appellate court
- Social Media & Local Governments
- OMA, FOIA and Records Retention Training
- Labor & Employment Program (Waubonsee Community College, 2014)
- Development by Agreement (Minnesota City Attorneys Conference, 2014)
- Guns, Drugs & E-Cigarettes (ILCMA, 2014)
- Municipalities and the First Amendment (IICLE, 2013)
- A DIY Guide to Drafting Ordinances & Resolutions (Minus the Hourly Rate) (Illinois Municipal League, 2012)
- Vacant Properties and Foreclosures: Minimizing the Impacts and Maximizing the Opportunities (ILCMA 2011)
- The PAC Says…10 Guidelines from the PAC on the OMA’s Public Comment Requirement (IML Review, Sept. 2014)
- Social Media & Local Governments: Navigating the New Public Square (ABA Press, 2013)
- Development by Agreement: A Tool Kit for Land Developers and Local Governments (ABA Press, 2012)
- Planning and Control of Land Development: Cases and Materials, Ninth Edition (LexisNexis, 2011)
- Communicating in an Electronic Age (The Commissioner, 2014)
- "The Big Chill? - The Likely Impact of Koontz on the Local Government/Developer Relationship," Touro Law Review, Vol. 30, Number 2 (2014)
- Bargaining for Development (ELI, July 2003)
- “To Tweet or Not to Tweet: Use of Social Networking in Land Use Planning and Regulation,” Zoning and Planning Law Report (May 2011)
- Municipal Annexation Handbook, Ancel Glink Library
- "Hard Times for Real Estate Developers and the Impact on Municipalities," Illinois Municipal Review (March 2008)
- “Subdivisions, Subdivision Controls, and Drainage,” IICLE Municipal Law Series Handbook (2011)
Honors & Awards
- Chair of the Chicago Bar Association/Chicago Bar Foundation's Pro Bono Week (2007)