Julie Werner-Simon

Adjunct Associate Professor of Law

BA, magna cum laude, Political Science, Boston University
J.D., University of Wisconsin at Madison
LL.M., Constitutional Studies, expected, Southwestern Law School, 2020

Bar Memberships:  Pennsylvania and California

Joined Southwestern as Adjunct Faculty: Spring 2020


Julie A. Werner-Simon was a federal prosecutor for over a quarter-century, in Los Angeles and Alaska, and before that she held the job of an Assistant District Attorney (based in Anchorage and rural Alaska) specializing in sexual assault cases. During her federal service, she served the United States in positions which included: Deputy Chief of the Organized Crime Strike Force and Senior Litigation Counsel of the White Collar Crimes section.

As Senior Litigation Counsel for the United States, Werner-Simon advised Assistant United States Attorneys and federal law enforcement on subjects such as: how to conduct criminal investigations and prosecutions, as well as, trial advocacy (specializing in cross-examination and closing argument), evidence, and ethics. Werner-Simon, at the request of then-Attorney General Janet Reno, was asked to write and produce trial skills and ethics “narrative” (story-driven) films, which ultimately became some of the first of their kind to be used in the training of federal prosecutors nationwide.  These included “At Your Service: Use and Abuse of Confidential Informants” and “Forget Me Not: Crime Victims’ Rights in the Criminal Justice System.”

Werner-Simon, a frequent instructor for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) as well as for the Attorney General’s Advocacy Institute (then based in Washington, D.C.), was awarded the Justice Department’s Director’s Award for Superior Performance for her trial skills and pedagogy. Werner-Simon was a long-standing visiting volunteer instructor at University of California Hastings Trial and Appellate Advocacy Program, Harvard Law School’s Trial Advocacy Workshop (both Fall and Winter), and the Hawaii College of Trial Advocacy. She also served as an intersession instructor on civil and criminal law subjects at University of Toulouse, France and has served as a Graduate Fellow in Constitutional Law at Southwestern Law School.

Werner-Simon lectures here and abroad on the American legal system, American history, law and language, financial fraud and organized crime, as well as the importance of civic engagement in democracies. She was also a participant at the 2019 Cornell University-Paris I (Sorbonne) program on International, Comparative, and Human Rights.

On these shores, Werner-Simon advises, and at times, mentors lawyers and others on messaging, strategy and persuasion.  She is also a pro bono lawyer for the national organization Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) representing minors from Central America facing deportation proceedings in the U.S. This continues the tradition of fostering an understanding of civics, as Werner-Simon volunteered for years as a “Project Lead” prosecutor - - bringing constitutional law, justice principles, and mock trials to East Los Angeles public school students.

She periodically writes on legal and historical issues. Most recently, she was a legal commentator on KNBC Radio, Los Angeles.  Werner-Simon can be reached at jawsMEDIA.la@gmail.com.