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Counsel - Julia V. Wilde

Julia V. Wilde

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Julia Wilde is a member of Shipman’s School Law Practice Group and advises educational institutions on a variety of general education, special education and labor and employment issues. She has dedicated her career to advising school districts on sensitive matters, including in her previous role serving as Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Hartford. Taking a collaborative approach focused on dispute resolution, Julia develops close relationships with key school stakeholders to identify problems up front and resolve them quickly in the best interest of the district and the child.

Working with school districts in rural and urban communities, Julia understands the unique needs of each school. She draws on her tenure at a large, urban district to influence her work with mid-size and smaller districts, always with a preventative and proactive approach tailored to the client. Julia’s experience with charter, magnet and independent schools, as well as her in-depth understanding of school choice in Connecticut, brings a complete view of Connecticut’s education landscape to each client relationship.

A trusted advisor, Julia counsels schools in matters concerning internal investigations, policy development and compliance with state and federal laws and regulations, including ADA, FMLA and IDEA. As labor and employment counsel, Julia advises her clients on a range of matters, including accommodations under the ADA, employee discipline and discharge, teacher non-renewal and termination, employment discrimination and grievance arbitration proceedings. In the highly sensitive area of special education, Julia represents her clients in connection with PPT meetings, Section 504 accommodations, mediations, and due process proceedings under the IDEA. She has also handled Title IX investigations and regularly advises schools on developments in applicable laws and regulations. Julia is heavily involved in providing COVID-19 crisis-response and reopening guidance for Connecticut School districts.

When necessary, Julia represents school districts before state and federal agencies, boards and commissions, including the Connecticut State Board of Labor Relations, the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, the Connecticut State Department of Education, and in litigation in state and federal courts. Serving as co-counsel to the largest special education class action in the country alleging systemic violations of the IDEA during the period of school closures related to the COVID-19 health pandemic, Julia coordinates litigation strategy and response with defense counsel, insurance carriers and state attorneys general across the country.

Julia is a frequent author and speaker on education matters, regularly writing articles and alerts, and participating in webinars for organizations such as the LEARN Regional Educational Service Center, the Connecticut Chapter of the Council of Administrators of Special Education, and the Connecticut Association of Municipal Attorneys. She is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Connecticut’s Neag School of Education.

Distinctions

  • Listed as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer® Rising Star: Litigation (2012-2013, 2015)

Teaching Positions

  • University of Connecticut’s Neag School of Education: Adjunct Professor (2019 - Present)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Hartford County Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Women's Bar Foundation of Massachusetts: President, Board of Trustees (2016); former Volunteer Attorney
  • Boston College Law School Alumni Association: Reunion Committee (2015)
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Education

  • Boston College Law School, J.D., 2005
  • University of California, Berkeley, M.A., Public Policy, 2002
  • Dartmouth College, B.A., 1997, cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of CT
  • U.S. District Court, District of MA
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
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