Julie M. Strandlie is a government relations and grassroots advocacy consultant at her firm, Strandlie Advocacy, LLC. Over the course of her career, Strandlie has worked on Capitol Hill, for large law firms, small law firms with national practices, and a variety of professional associations. She also had her own law practice during which time she served as the University of Florida's Washington Representative.
During her 12+ year-tenure as the American Bar Association’s grassroots director and legislative counsel for civil legal services, she successfully led national efforts to increase bipartisan support for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) and to fully insure Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts (IOTLA) during the 2008 banking collapse. As Grassroots Director, Julie worked with lawyers, judges, and law students from around the country and was the lead staff counsel for the “ABA Day in Washington” program. Strandlie later served as Legislative & Public Policy Director for the National Employment Lawyers Association, where she worked to end forced arbitration of consumer and employment claims, ensure professional diversity on the federal bench, and restore tax fairness for those who experience unlawful discrimination.
During the 2020 and 2021 sessions of the Virginia General Assembly, Julie organized and led the Virginia Fair Arbitration Coalition to champion the 7th Amendment access to courts through innovative legislation to address #MeToo violations, systemic racism, wage theft, and firing of national guard members by their employers while deployed. In both years, the coalition came within one vote of enactment of first-in-the-nation legislation.
Julie is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and the University of Florida. She is also a graduate of two University of Virginia Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership Programs: Political Leaders Program (PLP), Class of 2011, and Candidate Training Program (CTP), Class of 2012. She was tapped as an honorary member of Florida Blue Key in recognition of her outstanding ability, leadership, and service to the University of Florida.