The Ella Project is pleased to announce the appointment of Julie Jackson to our Board of Directors. Julie has been a critical part of Ella since the beginning, serving as an original co-founder back in 2004 when we were a program partnership.
Julie served for 28 years as Assistant Dean for Public Interest Programs at Tulane Law School. She implemented the nation’s first mandatory law school pro bono program, through which students provide free legal assistance to those lacking access to justice. She created legal advice programs in coordination with non-profits in New Orleans to address specific unmet legal needs.
Julie also taught Mediation and Dispute Resolution at Tulane, and served as a mediator for EEOC. A native of Alabama and graduate of Wellesley College, Julie has worked as Assistant Psychologist at a community health care project and subsequently as a Parole & Probation Officer and Volunteer Coordinator, in Birmingham, AL. Following Harvard Law School, she clerked for the Federal District Court in Los Angeles, and then practiced labor law in Atlanta, GA for 7 years before moving to New Orleans. She is now retired and lives in the University neighborhood of New Orleans with her husband, Mark Wessman, a professor at Tulane Law School, and with her 2-year-old Italian greyhound, Contessa. Please join us in welcoming Julie Jackson to our Board of Directors!