Julie Johnson Presented With the Chicago Bar Association's Alliance for Women's Alta May Hulett Award


Aronberg Goldgehn member Julie A. Johnson (formerly Neubauer) was presented with the Chicago Bar Association’s 2017 Alta May Hulett Award at a luncheon ceremony on May 24, 2017.

Named for the first woman lawyer in Illinois, the Alta May Hulett Award is presented annually by the Chicago Bar Association’s Alliance for Women. It honors one outstanding woman lawyer who has significantly contributed to the advancement of women in the legal profession or other areas, and whose career exemplifies the highest level of professional achievement, ethics and excellence.

Following the event, Aronberg Goldgehn Co-Managing Member Jerry Holisky remarked, "In accepting the Hulett Award, Julie delivered prepared remarks that were very well-received by the attendees. This was an individual award, recognition earned by Julie for her public service, including both her work with the ISBA’s Committee on Women in the Law and her work on behalf of women family law clients. Julie very graciously cited the importance of everyone at our firm in her professional development, she mentioned our firm’s support of work/life balance and women in the profession, and she told a roomful of Chicago legal heavyweights that Aronberg Goldgehn is the 'best kept secret' in Chicago. Julie richly deserved this recognition and our firm is very proud of her."

Julie dedicates her practice to issues of matrimonial and family law, including divorce, child custody, domestic violence/orders of protection, child support, post-judgment litigation, adoption, parentage and all other related matters.

She is engaged in all aspects of the practice, including preparing prenuptial agreements, drafting pleadings, handling pre-trial motions, engaging in settlement negotiations, conducting discovery analysis, and handling trials and appeals.

Julie is currently Chair and Council Member of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Women and the Law, a Member of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Diversity Leadership Council, and Council Member of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Family Law Section.

In addition to the Alta May Hulett Award, Julie has received numerous other accolades, including being recognized as an Emerging Lawyer in Family Law by Illinois Leading Lawyers Network and being named a Rising Star in Family Law by Illinois Super Lawyers. In 2006, she received the Illinois State Bar Association's Presidential Commendation Award for her efforts to secure a unanimous Assembly vote in favor of pro bono reporting, which influenced the Illinois Supreme Court to add Rule 756(f). She was honored by the Illinois Women’s Bar Foundation with its Public Interest Scholarship for 2006-07, an award granted to only two female law students in the state that year. In addition, upon graduation from law school, she received the National Association of Women Lawyers Outstanding Woman Law Graduate Award.

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