Hon.Â Julie Johnstone Bernard
Judge Julie Johnstone Bernard serves as the first justice of the Brockton District Court in Massachusetts. She was appointed to the bench in 2002. Julie says, â€œI am really enjoying my work in the district court, particularly as a member of the District Court Committee on Continuing Legal Education, where I have the opportunity to train and mentor new judges as they start their legal careers.â€
Julie is also a member of the District Court Working Group on Alternative Dispute Resolution, the Trial Court Task Force on Diversity & Cultural Competence, and the Commission on Judicial Conduct. She previously served as a member of the District Court Appellate Division.
Prior to her appointment, Julie was a senior counsel for Keyspan Energy Inc., litigation counsel for Verizon Inc., an associate at Segal & Feinberg, assistant general counsel for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, and a staff attorney for the Committee for Public Counsel Services.
Since graduating from BC Law, Julie has stayed involved withÂ the school through the Black Alumni Network (BAN) as a member and officer for several years. In addition, Julie has other frequentÂ reminders ofÂ BC Law:Â â€œI guess you can say I have a daily connection and reminder–my husband, Arthur Bernard ’83.”Â The Bernards and their two childrenÂ live in Duxbury, Mass., which Julie notes is another connection to BC Law: “Duxbury is a magnet for BC Law couples–our classmates Brian and Amy Cook also live in town.â€ We hope to see all our Duxbury classmates at our 30th reunion!