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Julie Cromer Young

Career Coach and Résumé Writer

 
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Background in Law and Legal Hiring

Before earning her law degree from Harvard Law School, Julie graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Alabama, where she majored in Diplomacy. At Harvard, Julie wrote a thesis on the copyrightability of computer software and programs. Her thesis advisor was the renowned Prof. Arthur R. Miller, one of the country’s most distinguished legal scholars and author of 40+ books—including the foundational treatise, Federal Practice and Procedure—on civil litigation, copyright, unfair competition, and privacy. She was also Co-Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard International Law Journal. 

Julie started her legal career as an intellectual property adviser and litigator in Chicago. She practiced at four AmLaw 100 and AmLaw 200 multinational law firms—Katten Muchin, McDermott, Baker & McKenzie, and Bell Boyd (now part of K&L Gates)—where she was a key member of global IP protection, licensing, enforcement, and litigation teams for Fortune 500 companies. She was also advised on brand management, advertising and marketing, and monetization.

As a law firm attorney, Julie was an interviewer—through the OCI process, call-backs, and other on-site job interviews—where she reviewed candidates’ résumés and cover letters, as well as evaluated their performance. More informally, she served as a mentor and confidante to junior attorneys at the law firms.

Julie stepped off partnership-track to explore IP in an academic setting. For 15 years, she was a full-time professor at an ABA-accredited law school, where her courses included copyrights, food and drug law, conflict of laws, administrative law, lawyers in film, and civil procedure. For 10 years, from 2008 until 2016, Julie was the director of a law school Center for Law, Technology, and Communications, where she led an experiential learning initiative focused on helping students prepare for the actual practice of law. She also organized and moderated symposia and conferences—including a Women and the Law conference featuring the Hon. Ruth Bader Ginsburg as keynote speaker.  

Teaching both in-person and through cloud-based or online services, Julie has been a visiting professor or adjunct professor at three U.S. law schools, as well as at foreign law schools, lecturing on diverse topics such as legal writing, technology law, international law, and anticipation of legal issues raised by space exploration. She was also elected Chair of the Association of American Law Schools’ (AALS) Art Law Section.

As a law school professor, Julie has advised students on career issues, including how they can find their passion and place in the legal industry, build their careers, and make a positive impact in the world. She has been a key figure of encouragement on identifying end goals and building paths to move forward toward those goals. Her mentoring and advising relationships with her students have gone well beyond their law school days, with some lasting nearly 15 years.

Julie doesn’t just help junior attorneys and students taking advantage of opportunities that present themselves, she also helps them create their own opportunities. She has introduced students to internship opportunities at law firms and institutions like the San Diego Zoo. She’s also advised students on preparing for and landing federal and state clerkships. She encourages students and junior attorneys to look beyond traditional paths at law firms to see the many types of opportunities in the legal industry as a whole, as well as how to use their law degrees in non-practicing roles in academia, the military, corporate communications, and general business.

Over her career, Julie has advised both college students, grad students, and others considering law school about whether law school is the right choice for them. She helps them examine both the end goals and the economics of law school. 

Now a Foreign Service spouse—previously a military spouse—Julie is currently part of the ex-pat and diplomatic community in Manila, Philippines where she has been a Visiting Lecturer at Ateneo de Manila University School of Law.

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Sample Board Memberships and Affiliations, Past and Present

Professional Associations and Affiliations

Intellectual Property Advisory Board for John Marshall Law School

Art Law Section Chair for Association of American Law Schools

Treasurer for American Women’s Club of the Philippines

American Intellectual Property Law Association

Bar and Court Admissions

California and Illinois (inactive)

U.S. District Courts for S.D.Ca., N.D.Ill., and E.D.Pa.

Speaking Engagements, Presentations, Panels, and Events

Presenter. “Charting the Course of Intellectual Property Laws in the Privatization in Outer Space,” IP Scholars Asia 2018, Singapore Management University, Mar. 2018.

Presenter. “Charting the Course of Intellectual Property Laws in the Privatization of Outer Space,” 4th International Scientific Congress on Private Law, Ateneo de Manila University School of Law (with University of Málaga), June 2018.

Presenter. “Mars by 2024: Is Earth Law Ready?” Ateneo de Manila University School of Law, Oct. 2017.

Presenter. “How Mark Watney Owns the Universe,” University of San Diego School of Law, Oct. 2016.

Presenter. “How Mark Watney Owns the Universe,” Marquette University Law School, Feb. 2016.

Moderator. INTA Trademark Scholarship Symposium, San Diego, CA, May 2015.

Conference Director. Her Honor: Women in the Judiciary Conference, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, CA, Feb. 2013 

Presenter. “Copyright in Memoriam, 10th Annual Intellectual Property Scholars Conference,” UC Berkeley School of Law, Aug. 2010.

Presenter. “Death Plus Seventy,” 2010 IP Scholars Roundtable, Drake Law School, Mar. 2010. 

Presenter. “From the Mouths of Babes: Protecting Infant Authors from Themselves,” Vanderbilt School of Law, Nov. 2008.

Conference Director. Virtual Women: Emerging Issues in Intellectual Property Law Conference, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, CA, Feb. 2007.

Presenter. “Much Ado About Little: How the De Minimis Doctrine is Causing Big Problems,” 5th Annual Intellectual Property Scholars Conference, Cardozo School of Law, New York, NY, Aug. 2005.

Panelist. “Recent Developments in Copyright Law,” Entertainment Law Society Conference, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, CA, Apr. 2005.

Presenter. “The European Union Database Directive, U.S. Database Legislation and Sports Law,” Entertainment Law Section of the San Diego County Bar Association, San Diego, CA, Feb. 2005. 

Moderator. Sports Law Society Conference, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, CA, Feb. 2005.

Panelist. “The Uncertain Future of the Music Industry,” Thomas Jefferson School of Law Alumni Event, San Diego, CA, Oct. 2004.

Lecturer. “Questions about Copyright (And a Few Answers),” San Diego Institute of Art, San Diego, CA, Aug. 2004.

Presenter. “Database Rights and Protection Worldwide,” North County Chapter, San Diego World Affairs Council, Rancho Bernardo, CA, June 2004.

Lecturer. “The Importance of Intellectual Property and its Global Impact,” New College Distinguished Alumni Lecture, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, Apr. 2004.

Presenter. “The European Union Database Directive,” Southern California Intellectual Property Law Conference, California Western School of Law, San Diego, CA, Mar. 2004.

Presenter. “Legal Protection for Databases in the United States: Is Sui Generis Protection Required?” Computer Law Association Annual Meeting, Paris, France, Nov. 14-15, 2002.

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Books and Articles

Author. “Charting the Course of Intellectual Property Laws in the Privatization in Outer Space,” ATENEO LAW JOURNAL (forthcoming summer 2018). 

Author. “The Online-Contacts Gamble After Walden v. Fiore,” 19 LEWIS & CLARK L. REV. 753 (2015).

Author. “Copyright in Memoriam,” 13 VAND. J. ENT. & TECH. 507 (2011).

Author. “From the Mouths of Babes: Protecting Infant Authors from Themselves,” 112 W. VA. L. REV. 431 (2010).

Author. “It’s in the Cards: The Law of Tarot,” LAW AND MAGIC (Christine Corcos, ed., 2010).

Author. “Harry Potter and the Three-Note Crime: Are We Vanishing the De Minimis Doctrine from Copyright?” 39 INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW REVIEW 603 (Karen B. Tripp ed., 2007).

Author. “It’s Hard to Find a Good Pair of Genes: So Why Make Them Free for the Taking,” 76 UMKC L.REV. 505 (2007).

Author. “How on Earth Terrestrial Laws Can Protect Geospatial Data,” 32 J SPACE LAW 253 (2006).  

Author. “Harry Potter and the Three-Note Crime: Are We Vanishing the De Minimis Doctrine from Copyright?” 36 N.M. L. REV. 1 (Vol. II, Summer 2006). 

Conference Paper Author. “Much Ado About Little: How the De Minimis Doctrine is Causing Big Problems,” 5th Annual Intellectual Property Scholars Conference, Cardozo School of Law, New York, NY, Aug. 2005.

Author. “Techies Take Heart: ‘Grokster’ Leaves Loopholes for You,” Los Angeles Daily Journal (July 25, 2005), p. 8. 

Conference Paper Co-author. “Legal Protection for Databases in the United States: Is Sui Generis Protection Required?” Presentation, Computer Law Association Annual Meeting, Paris, France, Nov. 14-15, 2002. 

Author. “Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures: What They Could Mean for Health and Safety Regulations under GATT,” 36 HARV. INT’L L. J. 557 (1995).

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