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Julie Gilgoff is a licensed attorney in New York, New Jersey, and California with a JD and Master's Degree from City University of New York. She got her BA in history from Barnard College of Columbia University, and her Master's Degree in Education. She has practiced as an attorney in legal service organizations including New York Legal Assistance Group, New Jersey Legal Services, Sustainable Economies Law Center (Oakland, CA), and Lawyers Committee for Civil Right of the SF Bay Area. She was selected as a Borchard Fellow in Law & Aging and spent over a year helping seniors establish housing cooperatives and cohousing communities. She learned Spanish fluently after serving in Peace Corps, Nicaragua, and has continued to utilize her language skills as an attorney with Spanish-speaking clients, and as a bilingual teacher.

She is a published author who wrote a historical memoir about the McCarthy era, as well as numerous articles about property reform in publications including CUNY Law Review, Wayne Law Review, and the Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Development Law. She has also published articles on topics of elder law in the ABA Commission on Law and Aging's quarterly publication, BIFOCAL. Her scholarship principally focuses on limited equity housing models, and democratic forms of ownership and control. She has taught a "Housing Justice" course at CUNY Law School, and has adjuncted for several semesters in the legal research and writing departments at CUNY Law School and then across country at UC Berkeley Law. She also adjuncted in the legal studies department of UC Santa Cruz, instructing a large lecture class in an experiential, skills-based course.


  • Juris Doctorate, City University of New York School of Law
  • MA in Education, City University of New York, Queens College
  • BA in History, Columbia University, Barnard College

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