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Pro Bono Profiles

Making Time

to Help Those in Need By Donald F. Smith, Jr., Esquire

One word describes Julie J. Marburger — ACTIVE!

Her life is family law practice, certified title insurance agent, planning commission, historical architecture review board, YLS softball, member of BCBA’s Law Day and Strategic Planning Committees, a fixture at BCBA events and as a pro bono volunteer. Julie’s volunteering to take on pro bono cases at MidPenn Legal Services has been exemplary, and, thus, she is the recipient of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s 2016 Pro Bono Award to be presented at the Pro Bono Celebration Luncheon on October 25. An associate at Wolf, Baldwin & Associates, P. C., Julie is a 2011 graduate of John Marshall Law School in Atlanta, Georgia, where her family had lived since Julie was a kindergartener. Her father served in the Marines, and they had moved around the country until settling in Atlanta. Julie was actually born in Illinois. Prior to law school, she graduated from the College of Charleston where she did a double major—Historic Preservation with Community Planning and Art History. As if that were not enough academics, she minored in psychology as well. After attaining her undergraduate degrees, she matriculated at the University of Georgia where she earned a Masters’ degree in Historic Preservation.

On St. Patrick’s Day Julie is the center of the line-up at the BCBA’s March Madness Party

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Why the interest in historic preservation? Both of her parents are Berks County natives, and growing up she would spend summers with her grandparents. “I really like the beautiful houses and the architecture here and thought about being an architect but believed there would be too much math. So I decided on historic preservation instead. Same principles but not the math. I went to college with that as my passion.” Well, why law school then? As part of her masters’ curriculum she took a course on preservation law, and “I loved it!” Combining law and historic preservation seemed the way to go. Even in law school her favorite courses were environmental and property law, but it is the summer internships that stand out. The summer after first year was spent clerking for an appellate justice in Saipan, one of the Northern Mariana Islands and a U. S. Commonwealth in the Western Pacific. “I was literally living in paradise, 88 degrees every day.” The second summer internship was much closer to home— the District of Columbia. She worked in the legal department of the National Trust for Historic Preservation doing research. However, she took frequent field trips to check on homes of historic significance or notable architectural style for which the owners had given the Trust an easement. It was Julie’s task to make certain no changes had been made to the property by comparing the current view to prior pictures.

The Berks Barrister | Summer 2016  

The Berks Barrister is the official publication of the Berks County Bar Association. The Berks Barrister is published by H...

The Berks Barrister | Summer 2016  

The Berks Barrister is the official publication of the Berks County Bar Association. The Berks Barrister is published by H...