Who is Attorney Julie Rikelman?

Julie Rikelman is a lawyer from the United States who has been nominated to serve as a United States circuit judge, on the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. She was born in Brooklyn, New York on 16 June 1972, she is currently 50 years old.

Early life and Education

Rikelman was born in Kyiv, Ukraine and immigrated to the U.S. with her family in 1979. In 1993, she received a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude from Harvard College and in 1997 she received a Juris Doctor, cum laude from Harvard Law School.


From 1997 to 1998, Rikelman worked as a law clerk for Alaska Supreme Court Justice Dana Fabe and as a law clerk for United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit Judge Morton Greenberg from 1998 to 1999.

From 1999 to 2001, she was a Blackmun Fellow at the Center for Reproductive Rights. After that, from 2001 to 2004, she worked as an associate at Feldman & Orlansky in Anchorage, Alaska. And, from 2004 to 2006, she was a senior associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York City.

Julie Rikelman worked her way up the totem pole at NBC Universal, Inc. from 2006 to 2001, where she eventually became vice president of litigation. Since 2011, she has been using her expertise as senior litigation director for the Center for Reproductive Rights. She is currently the Senior Director of the US Litigation Program at the Center for Reproductive Rights.


She is a specialist in reproductive rights. She is best known for winning the 2020 major abortion case, June Medical Services v Russo. This case was about a law that said doctors who performed abortions had to have active admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles.

The 49-year-old also defended the right of teenagers to make their own reproductive health decisions without parental involvement in 2003 when similar laws were passed in Alaska and Florida.

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