Julie L. Biehl

Harry B. Reese Teaching Clinical Associate Professor of Law
Director, Children and Family Justice Center


Julie L. Biehl is a Clinical Associate Professor of Law and has served as Director of the Children and Family Justice Center since 2009. Her work focuses on the representation of indigent youth charged with crimes in juvenile court and at post-dispositional hearings, and on policy reform in the areas of juvenile sentencing, the over-incarceration of youth, mental health services for children, and the reintegration of children discharged from juvenile correctional facilities. In January 2010, Governor Quinn appointed Julie to the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission and she sits on its Executive and Communications Committees. In addition, Julie sits on the Juvenile Justice Initiative’s Board of Directors and leads Illinois’ John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Juvenile Indigent Action Network and Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Action Network.

Prior to joining the CFJC, Julie was the Director of the Cook County Juvenile Court Clinic, a collaborative project between the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the CFJC, and the Office of the Chief Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County. As Director, Julie developed and implemented a model juvenile court forensic clinic. Before founding the court clinic in 1997, Julie was an Assistant Cook County Public Guardian ad Litem representing abused and neglected children in juvenile court proceedings and an attorney at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago’s Homeless Rights Project.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Juvenile Justice
  • Clinical Teaching


  • BA, Duke University
  • JD, Northwestern University

Prior Appointments

  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Assistant Cook County Public Guardian ad Litem, Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago
  • Director, Juvenile Detention Alternatives Mental Health Initiative

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