Professor Ross earned her B.A. at Hamilton College and her J.D. at Harvard Law School. Before attending law school, Professor Ross served as Assistant Director of Admissions at Flagler College in Florida. She was a law clerk to the Honorable H. Lee Sarokin, U.S. District Judge for the District of New Jersey.
Following her clerkship, Professor Ross practiced law at the law firm of Gipson Hoffman & Pancione, Los Angeles, where she was a shareholder and member of the firm’s management committee. Her civil trial practice included copyright, trademark, defamation, breach of contract, and shareholder derivative actions, with experience in all aspects of civil litigation, including pleadings, discovery, motions practice, trial, ADR, and appeals. While at Gipson Hoffman, she wrote a successful Petition forCertiorariand brief on the merits in the U.S. Supreme Court inFogerty v. Fantasy, a copyright dispute.
Prof. Ross has taught at Georgetown since 1998 and has served as coordinator of the Upper Level Writing Program. She is the immediate past Chair of Legal Research and Writing and has served as Chair of the Teaching Committee and Chair of the Judicial Clerkship Committee. Her courses have included Legal Practice; Legal Research and Writing; Legal Writing Seminar: Theory and Practice for Law Fellows; Music Law Seminar: Changing Landscapes in the Music Industry and the Law that Governs It; Entertainment Law Seminar; Week One: Law in a Global Context; Advanced Legal Writing Workshop; Advanced Legal Writing Workshop: Transactional Practice; and Transnational Legal Skills Workshop.
In 2006, she was awarded the Georgetown Frank Flegal Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Professor Ross’ scholarship focuses on both intellectual property issues and legal writing pedagogy. Her recent works include Julie L. Ross,[Un]Happy Together: Why the Supremacy Clause Preempts State Law Digital Public Performance Rights in Radio-Like Streaming of Pre-1972 Sound Recordings,62 J. Copyright Soc’y U.S.A. 545-606 (2015); Diana Donahoe & Julie Ross,Commenting, Conferencing and Classroom Teaching(2013),available athttp://casebooks.elangdell.
Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals
"What happened to Napster? The wild story behind the startup that revolutionized music", coverage in Circa, March 6, 2019, quoting Professor Julie Ross.