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Julie Caskey is a civil rights attorney and community activist, with two decades of litigation experience in federal and state courts. A 2018 graduate of Emerge California, a political training program for Democratic women, and the Arena Academy campaign management training program, Julie now works for Emerge California and serves as East Bay recruiter for Close the Gap CA, an organization seeking to redress gender inequity in the California legislature, where women currently make up just 31% of the CA State Assembly and Senate. Julie has run local political campaigns, worked on federal and statewide races in California, and successfully fundraised for multiple first-time women candidates running for Congress.  

Julie previously practiced law as a public defender for adults and law guardian for children in New York City, with additional experience in federal civil rights, deportation defense, habeas corpus and section 1983 litigation, working most recently for seven years as a staff attorney on prisoner cases in the US District Court in San Francisco. Julie received her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was a Human Rights Fellow at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and a founding editor of the Journal of Gender and Law, which is still in publication. Prior to attending law school, she attended Barnard College and worked in NYC government and politics, including serving as Executive Director of the New York office of the National Women’s Political Caucus. Julie also serves as a parent leader in the Piedmont, CA public schools, attended by her four kids, and on the non-profit boards of Change a Path, an organization that fights sex-trafficking, and the Piedmont Appreciating Diversity Committee (PADC).  Through her involvement in the Piedmont schools and PADC, Julie co-organized multiple community-wide anti-bias training programs, which were attended by hundreds of Piedmont residents.


Endorsements

 

Honorable Betty Yee, California State Controller

Honorable Buffy Wicks,  15th Assembly District 

Honorable Rebecca Kaplan, Oakland City Council President and at Large Member

Honorable Dan Kalb, Oakland City Council 

Honorable Sheng Thao, Oakland City Council 

Honorable Rigel Robinson, Berkeley City Council 

Honorable Rochelle Pardue-Okimoto, El Cerrito City Council 

Honorable Gabriel Quinto, El Cerrito City Council, Sierra Club Executive Committee Member

Honorable Malia Vella, City of Alameda City Council 

Honorable Cesar Zepeda, West County WasteWater District Director

Sarah Abdeshahian, President, Cal Berkeley Dems 

Varsha Sarveshwar,  External Affairs Vice President, UC Berkeley Student Association


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