Julie Gilgoff


FullSizeRender_(1)_(1).jpgJulie Gilgoff

Borchard Fellow in Law and Aging

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Julie is supporting the Housing Circle with her focus in senior housing cooperatives. She is planning relevant programs and educational materials for seniors looking into future housing options. She is documenting and supporting newly-forming senior cooperatives in the East Bay and beyond, providing legal services and support at SELC's legal cafes. She is also collaborating with Bay Area Community Land Trusts in their policy initiatives, educational outreach, and community organizing in order to increase the viability of permanently affordable housing.  

Julie is researching and writing about topics spanning from the sharing economy, vacant property taxes, housing models for seniors, as well as rent subsidies and tax credits for senior housing. 

Julie attended City University of New York (CUNY) Law School, a public interest law school in Queens, New York. She first became drawn to “Sharing Law” and SELC, in CUNY’s Contemplative Lawyering program, which explores mindfulness and alternative practices of the law. She was a student attorney in CUNY’s Community and Economic Development Clinic where she helped newly forming worker cooperatives. Julie completed many legal internships as a law student, including at the National Labor Relations Board, Communication Workers of America, and UNITE HERE Local 2, and is interested in the intersection between the labor movement and the coop movement. 

Before law school, Julie held a variety of jobs including as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nicaragua, where she learned to speak Spanish fluently; a political organizer for IFPTE Local 21, in the Bay Area, where she learned to write persistent emails; and a Kindergarten teacher in Queens, NY, where she learned to draw rainbows. She wrote a full-length book about the McCarthy era and has traveled the world. Her favorite destinations are India, Argentina, and right here in the Bay Area. She likes to write, hike and bike in her spare time.


Roles at the Law Center

Program Areas

  • Support: Housing
  • Support: Resilient Communities Legal Cafe
  • Support: Policy

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