Meet Julie

As a judge running in the 9th Judicial Subcircuit, Julie B. Aimen will bring to the position her deep belief in social justice. It’s a conviction she’s consistently demonstrated during her 35-year career as a respected lawyer and before that as a social worker dedicated to those in crisis.

Julie has always remained active in local issues that make a difference.

  • Julie was the first woman president of the Illinois Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers.
  • Julie is a member of the Wilmette League of Women Voters.
  • Julie is a longtime supporter of the Evanston-based Chessmen of the North Shore in their endeavors to provide college scholarships and assistance to seniors and families in need.
  • Julie served as a judge for the Illinois Judicial Council and Operation Push’s oration competitions.
  • Julie has judged national trial advocacy teams through the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) and has also served two-terms on the NACDL Board of Directors.
  • Julie is an active member of various other national and local bar associations and has sat on their committees as well as court designated committees.

Before entering law school, Julie’s professional path took her into social work, where she helped Vietnam vets, victims of domestic violence, drug addicts, the wandering mentally ill, and so many others in need of assistance.

After law school, she sought out ways to blend her passion for law and social work. At first, that led to a position with the State Appellate Defender Office in Chicago where she wrote appeals for indigent defendants. Eventually Julie opened her private practice where she was able to expand her dedication to family law and criminal defense. Each day she reaffirms her commitment to justice by frequently representing indigent litigants and defendants, appointing counsel when called upon to represent the indigent in multiple defendant cases while also providing representation to individuals of all walks of life. 

Julie has lived in the Ninth Subcircuit  most of her adult life calling Edgewater, Rogers Park, Evanston, and now Wilmette home. As her career took off, Julie always made family a top priority. That often meant cheering her daughter on during gymnastic meets from grade school through New Trier High School varsity events. Home was – and is – also where Julie’s multi-cultural family celebrates customs and holidays that honor each person’s heritage.