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Julie Abbate

U.S. Department of Justice
Deputy Chief, Special Litigation Section, Civl Rights Division
Washington, DC, USA


Julie Abbate is a Deputy Chief in the Special Litigation Section, Civil Rights Division, United States Department of Justice, which she joined in 2002.  She is responsible for enforcing the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act, with a focus on women’s prisons.  She is a member of the Attorney General’s Prison Rape Elimination Act Working Group.  Ms. Abbate is also a regular faculty member for the National Advocacy Center’s two-week civil trial advocacy course, the Civil Rights Division trial advocacy program, and the Washington Council of Lawyers litigation skills series.  Prior to joining the Department of Justice, Ms. Abbate taught trial advocacy at the University of Baltimore School of Law, worked for Neighborhood Legal Services, the Federal Trade Commission, and the law firm of Covington and Burling.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Women’s Studies from the University of Michigan, and her JD from the Howard University Law School magna cum laude.
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