Julie Richard grew up in Shediac, New Brunswick and she was valedictorian of her high school graduating class at Polyvalente Louis J. Robichaud in 1997. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton and at the University of Wales in Swansea (UK). In 2001, she graduated first in her class with a B.A. in Political Science with Specialization in International Relations (Honours Program) obtaining many scholarships and prizes including the Paul Frederick Graham Memorial Prize.
In 2001, Julie moved to Hong Kong, China to teach English. Between 2002 and 2003, she worked in New York as a camp counsellor and studied at Carleton University in Ottawa in the Masters of Public Administration program. After her return to New Brunswick, she worked as a member of the communications & legal team for the Official Opposition in the provincial legislature, in addition to tutoring the Leader of the Opposition in French.
Julie enrolled at the University of Moncton to commence her law degree in 2003, during which time she continued to work as a legal advisor and member of the communications team for the Official Opposition. She also worked as a French tutor to a CBC reporter.
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 working for Stewart McKelvey, Julie practised in the areas of family law, wills and estates, administrative law, labour & employment law, civil litigation and commercial litigation.
In 2008, Julie was offered the opportunity to join the Office of the Attorney General in New Brunswick as one
of only two constitutional law lawyers, and as the only lawyer specializing 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.
Julie was admitted to the Bar in Ontario in 2010. The Law Office of Julie Richard-Gorman officially opened on July 26th, 2010, and it eventually became Richard-Gorman & Associates. Emilie Chamaillard became a partner in 2016 and the firm continued as Richard & Chamaillard Law. Julie continues to proudly raise her daughters in Kirkland Lake where she chairs the Kirkland Lake Festivals Committee, sits on the provincial panel for the Office of the Children’s Lawyer and the executive of the Temiskaming Law Association. Her practice areas include civil litigation, labour and employment, corporate law, commercial law, mining law, aboriginal law, municipal law, wills and estates and real estate.