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This year’s conference includes a special focus on Racial Justice, Diversity, and Inclusion Programming. Workshops that will address this overarching theme include [RJ] after the session title.
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Julia Simon-Mishel

Philadelphia Legal Assistance
Supervising Attorney
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Julia Simon-Mishel is the Supervising Attorney of the Unemployment Compensation Unit at Philadelphia Legal Assistance (PLA), where she represents low-wage workers in unemployment compensation (UC) cases. Julia has represented over 400 clients and has an active appellate practice pursuing impact UC cases in Pennsylvania courts. She chairs the Pennsylvania State Working Group on Unemployment Compensation and has testified by invitation before the PA legislature on issues affecting her clients. She was recently appointed by the General Assembly to serve on Pennsylvania's UC Benefit Modernization Advisory Committee. Julia is also the Supervising Attorney for the Employment Advocacy Project, a pro bono project of 20 students from area law schools who represent clients in UC administrative hearings. Prior to joining PLA, she clerked for the Honorable Norma L. Shapiro of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. She began her career at PLA as a Skadden Fellow. Julia was recently named one of the American Bar Association's "One the Rise: Top 40 Young Lawyers" and one of Billy Penn's "Who's Next in Law: Philadelphia"€ award recipients. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.