Julia R. Wilson
Julia R. Wilson has devoted her career to ensuring that the civil justice system is accessible to ordinary Americans, particularly those who are lower income or face other barriers to accessing civil justice. She currently leads OneJustice’s innovative work to bring life-changing legal help to those in need by transforming the civil legal aid system. OneJustice’s program priorities include building strong private-nonprofit pro bono partnerships to expand the supply of legal services and ensuring that legal aid nonprofits have the business skills needed to survive and thrive in the increasingly complex and competitive nonprofit sector. Her current work at OneJustice focuses on applying systems analysis, innovation practices, and design thinking to the thorny problem of how to expand civil legal aid to reach the millions of Californians experiencing life problems that have legal solutions. Ms. Wilson started her legal career in 1998 providing direct legal services to low-income children and families at the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County, including as an Equal Justice Works Fellow and as Legal Aid’s inaugural Pro Bono Director. She then served as Executive Director of the Legal Aid Association of California (LAAC) before becoming OneJustice’s CEO in 2007. Ms. Wilson received a 2017 Leadership Award from the James Irvine Foundation, was named one of the 2012 Top 100 Lawyers in California by the Daily Journal for her leadership at OneJustice, and received a 2010 CLAY (California Lawyer of the Year) Award from California Lawyer magazine. She is proud to serve on the Board of Directors of Equal Justice Works and BoardSource.