Julie Richard grew up in Shediac, New Brunswick, and was valedictorian of her graduating class at Polyvalente Louis J. Robichaud in 1997. Completing a B.A. in Political Science with Specialization in International Relations (Honours Program) at the University of New Brunswick and at the University of Wales in Swansea (UK) in 2001, Julie ranked first in her program earning her many scholarships and prizes including the Paul Frederick Graham Memorial Prize.
Upon completion of her undergraduate degree, Julie taught English in Hong Kong for a year. She then worked as a camp counsellor in upstate New York, and worked as a member of the communications & legal team for the Official Opposition in the provincial legislature, before returning to New Brunswick to attend law school in French at l’Université de Moncton.
While in Law School, Julie participated in the National Laskin Moot Competition in Constitutional Law. Her team was awarded top honours, placing 1st in the country in the factum writing division, and placing 3rd in Canada overall. Furthermore, in her final year of law school, she was 1 of 3 law students in Canada to be awarded the Tom Wilcox Prize in Insurance Law.
In 2006, Julie graduated from law school 4th in her class and was selected to article at Stewart McKelvey- Atlantic Canada’s most prestigious law firm (www.smss.com). Julie completed her articles and was admitted to the New Brunswick Bar in 2007. While practising law in New Brunswick, Julie worked for the Office of the Attorney General as one of only two constitutional law lawyers, and specialized in Aboriginal Law. Julie worked extensively on cases and issues involving the duty to consult First Nations and the Canadian Charter of Rights & Freedoms, and acted as the main legal advisor to the Aboriginal Affairs Secretariat. Julie also worked on files from the litigation unit in a variety of court cases involving the Province of New Brunswick.
After relocating, Julie opened a practice as a sole practitioner in Kirkland Lake, Ontario on July 26th, 2010. In 2016, long-time student and associate, Emilie Chamaillard became a partner and the general practice law firm continued on as Richard & Chamaillard Law. Julie continues to proudly raise her daughters in Kirkland Lake where she chairs the Kirkland Lake Festivals Committee and sits on the provincial panel for the Office of the Children’s Lawyer. In addition to representing children in child protection and custody matters, her practice areas include civil litigation, municipal law, labour and employment law, corporate law, commercial law, mining law, aboriginal law and real estate. Julie is currently completing her Master of Laws (L.L.M.) at Osgoode Law School, with a concentration in Dispute Resolution focusing on negotiation, mediation and other dispute resolution mechanisms.