Julia Powell majored in History at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, graduating summa cum laude as a member of The Phi Beta Kappa Society in 2001. In addition to her academic achievements, Ms. Powell captained two co-ed intramural teams and gained admission to St. Anthony Hall, a literary society founded in 1867. On the strengths of her writing ability, Julia Powell participated in an independent writing tutorial taught by award-winning author Robert Stone. She served as a Trip Leader with Yale's FOOT (Freshman Outdoor Orientation Trips) program and as a volunteer counselor to teens with behavioral problems in the summer of 2000.
In 2001, Julia Powell volunteered for the “I Have A Dream” Foundation in Portland, Oregon. Her work with the foundation focused on teaching math and nutrition and organizing weekend and summer programs for students. Ms. Powell returned to New England in 2002 as a student, teacher, and journalist, and she was head coach of the junior varsity soccer team at the Buckingham Browne & Nichols day school in Cambridge. Simultaneously, Julia Powell enrolled in a Nieman Fellowship writers workshop and began writing for the Cambridge Chronicle newspaper.
In 2004, Julia Powell gained admission to Stanford Law School in California. While working toward her JD, Ms. Powell used her literary and acting talents on behalf of the Stanford Law School Musical's annual production, which is written and performed by students and staff. Ms. Powell also served as captain of Stanford’s intramural soccer, football, and basketball teams. She completed two legal internships while studying law at Stanford, one at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in New York and the other at the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice.
After completing her JD in 2007, Julia Powell joined the legal team at Debevoise & Plimpton as an Associate working on both commercial litigation and pro bono cases. Ms. Powell left the firm in 2010 to concentrate on her writing.
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