Julie Axelrod

Former Chief Litigation Counsel

Julie Axelrod served as the Director of Litigation for the Center for Immigration Studies. She managed the Center’s environmental and FOIA litigation dedicated to uncovering the impact of immigration on American society, particularly on the environment. A native Californian, she has always had an acute sense of the dangers of out of control immigration. Ms. Axelrod litigated the nation’s first challenge to the Department of Homeland Security’s procedures under the National Environmental Policy Act for failing to consider the environmental impact of its immigration programs in the Southern District Court of California.

Ms. Axelrod’s background in immigration was developed as Senior Counsel for the Immigration Reform Law Institute, the legal arm of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, where she litigated numerous FOIA claims relating to immigration against a number of federal agencies, and first developed her environmental practice. She also served as Government Relations Counsel for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, where she followed legislative and policy developments on immigration.

Ms. Axelrod first learned transparency litigation as a staff attorney at Judicial Watch, Inc., one of the nation’s most prominent government watchdog groups, where she litigated numerous cases fighting against corruption and for the rule of law. Besides filing FOIA cases, she assisted in challenges to the Houston, Texas Police Department’s sanctuary policy for illegal aliens and a Montgomery County, Maryland College’s policy of granting in-state and in-county tuition to illegal aliens.

Before moving to Washington, D.C., Ms. Axelrod was an associate at the leading global law firm of Mayer Brown, LLP in Palo Alto, California. She also clerked for the Honorable James Lawrence King in the Southern District of Florida upon graduating law school. She graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth College with a B.A. in Classics. She received her J.D. from the UCLA School of Law. She is a member of the bars of the District of Columbia, California, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, the Southern District of California, the Northern District of California, the Central District of California, the Eastern District of California, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth, Ninth, and District of Columbia Circuits, and the United States Supreme Court.