Julia Yoo

Civil rights attorney Julia Yoo, an honors graduate of Wellesley College and the University of Colorado School of Law joined Iredale Law in 2003. Julia fights on behalf of people whose Constitutional rights have been violated by wrongful arrest, illegal searches or the use of excessive force.  The firm has represented the families of persons wrongfully killed by police or federal agents. Julia has specialized in representing women prisoners and women who have been victims of sexual abuse.

Upon graduation from law school in 1998, Julia Yoo founded the Law Center for Women Prisoners, a nonprofit organization designed to assist and advocate for incarcerated women. The Law Center, in partnership with externship programs through the University of Colorado law school, provided legal assistance to hundreds of incarcerated women for a variety of issues from prisons failure to provide adequate medical care to termination of parental rights.

In 2000, Julia began litigating on behalf of incarcerated people for violation of their Constitutional rights under the Eighth Amendment. She has filed suits against private and public prisons for failure to provide appropriate and timely medical care and for sexual assault committed by prison staff. In a period of three years, Julia represented eight incarcerated women in the state of Colorado alone, all of whom prevailed in their lawsuits, their settlements totaling over $1,000,000.00.

Julia has won cases on behalf of a woman who was left to miscarry her baby in her cell; a woman sexually harassed by her parole officer; women who were sexually abused by their alcohol and drug counselor in a private prison; a woman raped in a janitors closet by a corrections officer; and teenagers who were sexually assaulted by guards in a juvenile facility. 

In 2003, Julia joined Gene Iredale and began litigating on behalf of people whose Constitutional rights have been violated by wrongful arrest or the use of excessive force, as well as wrongful death.   Since joining Iredale and Yoo, Julia has handled a series of high profile cases including the case of a minor who was shot in the leg by an off-duty police officer; an inmate at the San Diego County Jail who died from methamphetamine overdose; a schizophrenic inmate who died from overconsumption of water; a couple who were Tasered and pepper sprayed for calling 911 and requesting a sergeant during a traffic stop; and a emotionally distraught man who was tasered and shot with a bean bag for refusing to come out of a bath tub.   

Julia has given lectures and presentations across the country on the rights of incarcerated people and police misuse of force. She is an adjunct professor at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law. Julia serves as the Vice President of the National Police Accountability Project, the largest civil rights attorneys organization in the country. Julia is the recipient of the 2016 American Constitution Society’s Roberto Alvarez award.  Julia has been recognized by Bestlawyers in America and Super Lawyers.

For twenty years Julia has been actively involved in nonprofit and charitable activities outside the practice of law. She has sat on numerous Boards of Directors of various educational and criminal justice organizations. She has served on the Board of Directors of Rescu Academy, a school for at-risk children; Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition; and Think Dignity. Julia currently sits on the Board of Directors of Alliance San Diego and Wellesley College San Diego Club, where she serves as the Vice President. 

Areas of Practice

  • Civil Rights Litigation
  • General Civil Litigation
  • Bar Admissions
  • Colorado, 1998
  • California, 2003

Education

  • University of Colorado School of Law, Boulder, Colorado
    J.D.
  • Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA
    B.A.
    Honors: Cum Laude

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • National Lawyers Guild
  • National Police Accountability Project