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Xavier Magazine | May 25, 2017

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Profile: Julia Meister

Julia Meister

Bachelor of Arts in English, 1991; law degree from University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., 1995

Former director of student services at Notre Dame and assistant to the dean of the law school.

Duties |She oversees law students, handles all the law school disciplinary issues and academic good standing issues, runs law school orientation and graduation, and provides academic support. “I do a lot of personal counseling and that’s really fulfilling. I think I have a lot to offer. I’ve been to this law school. I’ve been at a big firm [Taft, Stettinius & Hollister in Cincinnati from 1995-2001]. I know the importance of seeking out a mentor and developing a good relationship. I had some strong mentoring experiences at Taft that are still with me.”

Office Decorations | While she was at law school her parents drove up to bring her Skyline Chili. They also brought her a Crosstown Shootout basketball. She’s been collecting them ever since the 1992 game.

To Be or Not To Be | Her senior year she was torn between careers in law and English literature. Though she chose law, her love of Shakespeare still abounds: She’s on the board of the Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival. “Even with me being up here I’ve made it back for all the performances.”

Dog Days of College | While she was a resident advisor at the University, Meister caught a student keeping a dog in her dorm room. “I remember when the hall director opened the door I saw this adorable puppy with big brown eyes and my first instinct was to pick him up and take him to my room.”

Type A | Meister’s other college activities included Habitat for Humanity, jazz ensemble, Big Sisters, choral ensemble and helping at the Dorothy Day House. “I was one of those people whose every waking hour was spent at class, a meeting or at practice. I was also working at Taft.”

License to Learn | As a high school junior she participated in a program that allowed her to take summer classes for credit at Xavier. “That was exciting for me. I was 16 and I had just gotten my driver’s license and here I was in class with all these college kids. That was the one thing that made me get a taste for Xavier.”

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