Julie Ruhlin

Julie Ruhlin joined OIR after working as a consultant with the Police Assessment Resource Center in Los Angeles. At PARC,
Ms. Ruhlin worked with Merrick J. Bobb, Special Counsel to the County of Los Angeles, investigating and drafting semiannual reports regarding the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. In particular, she focused on issues surrounding the Los Angeles County jails, the Sheriff's Department's efforts to recruit deputies and provide ongoing training, and systems for modifying policy and training to address the Department's fiscal and ethical concerns.

Prior to her work with Special Counsel, Ms. Ruhlin's private law practice focused on civil rights litigation and criminal defense, as well as general civil litigation. She represented clients in state and federal courts, in both trial and appellate proceedings, including a state habeas corpus petition on behalf of a capital client and a successful appeal to the Ninth Circuit on behalf of another capital client in a federal habeas corpus action. Ms. Ruhlin began her career with Tuttle & Taylor and then joined colleagues from Tuttle & Taylor in forming a new firm, now known as Overland Borenstein Scheper & Kim LLP.

Ms. Ruhlin received her B.A. degree, with honors, from American University in Washington, D.C. She graduated from USC Law School in 1997, where she was elected to the Order of the Coif. After graduation, she served as a law clerk to the Hon. Christina A. Snyder of the United States District Court for the Central District of California.