Julie Wands Bourdoiseau

Staff Attorney | Abascal Fellow

Julie is a Staff Attorney and Abascal Fellow at CGRS. Her work focuses on expanding CGRS's expert witness database and developing universal declarations with country conditions experts and training materials. During law school, Julie was part of the 2019 UC Hastings Refugee and Human Rights Clinic fact-finding delegation to El Salvador, where she interviewed Supreme Court Justices, judges from specialized courts, and human rights activists. She was a law clerk for the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and CGRS. She has volunteered with Al Otro Lado in Tijuana, Mexico at the height of the family separation crisis. Prior to law school, Julie volunteered at the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant. Before immigrating to the U.S. Julie worked with a European Union human rights project in Colombia, South America, in the Urabá, Choco, and Darién regions. She is the co-writer and editor of a training curriculum, How to Teach Health, published by the Hesperian Foundation in Berkeley. She received her bachelor's degree in History and Political Science from the University of Rennes, in France, and her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, cum laude. Julie speaks English, French, and Spanish.