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Julie B. Aimen

I am a solo practitioner so all my clients deal directly with me; however, I share an office with about fifteen other attorneys so there are always others to brainstorm a matter with. It is important to me to have the input of others. This input acts as a check and balance in presenting a case that others can believe in. We share a secretary and runner who assist in the filing of matters.

I am a tireless advocate for my clients. I believe in zealous representation. I do not believe that a client should be sold out to the prosecution; however I do believe that in some instances, under some fact patterns, early negotiation is the best path to follow. The decision as to whether to negotiate is one that is made between the client and me. No one else is privileged to make that decision. I am a good listener, I operate in a systems fashion since you need the assistance of family, friends and the community in many instances to succeed.

My personal interests are just that, personal. I believe to be an advocate for others you must feed your intellect, your emotional and creative sides. For me that entails many things, but most of all taking some quiet time with my family and friends and traveling away from the work place. Physical activity alone or with my family is important to shake off the pressures of the job.

Personality and Philosophy

My mother was a therapist and my father an attorney. I have done both; I am not sure there was much of a choice.

I have studied people; I have a good idea what makes people tick and a keen ear for what is being said. In the world of social work I learned how to recognize what my issues are in a situation verses what issues belong to the client. In that way I can better serve a client. My advocacy and listening skills and skills of negotiation help to zealously represent the interests of my client.

I have always worked with individuals in crisis. And, I believe that everyone deserves good representation. No matter what the offenses is, the State has the burden of proving the charge(s) beyond a reasonable doubt.

I enjoy learning new areas of the law and science; the joys of winning for those who do not believe that anyone has their interest at heart.

Position
Attorney

Admission
1984, Illinois and U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit

Law School Attended
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Class of 1984, J.D., with honors

University Attended
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Class of 1979, B.A.S.W., with honors

Birthplace
Highland Park, Illinois

Memberships

  • Chicago (Past Chairperson, Criminal Law Committee) and Illinois State Bar Associations
  • Chicago Council of Lawyers (Past Member of Board of Governors)
  • Chair, Indigency Panel
  • Past Co-Chair, State Evaluation Committee)
  • Illinois Attorneys for Criminal Justice (Past President)
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Past Member Board of Directors)

Awards and Associations

  • AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Winner of the Jon Jost Award for pro bono services
  • Achievement award for the most improved student [Mandarin language award]
  • Volunteer for the overnight Family Resource Center phone-line
  • Trial Advocacy teacher in University of Chicago’s Mandel Legal Clinic’s fall teaching program
  • Former Board member, forensic hotline co-chair, and long range planning committee for the NACDL
  • Past president of IACDL
  • Former member of the Board of Directors and current liaison for the indigent defense committee of CCL
  • Member of the Principals Committee for the presiding Judge of the Criminal Division in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois.

Biography

  • Certified Arbitrator, Circuit Court of Cook County, 1990
  • Instructor: Trial Advocacy Workshop, Mandel Legal Clinic, University of Chicago, 1993
  • Wisconsin Public Defender Trial Advocacy Program, 1999
  • Past Member, Fund For Justice