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NACUA's Distinguished Service Award

Julie D. Goodwin - 2014

Julie D. Goodwin has served as General Counsel for Morgan State University in Maryland since 1992. Prior to her current position, she served for ten years at the University of Maryland College Park. Julie also served as a legal intern for the Honorable Harry A. Cole, Associate Judge, Maryland Court of Appeals and as a law clerk for the Appellate Division of the Maryland Public Defender. She is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court and Maryland Bars. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and her Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland School of Law, where she served as Assistant Editor of the Maryland Law Review. She also served as Vice Justice of the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, and as a member of the University of Maryland School of Law Black Law Student Association, from whom she recently was awarded the Practitioner of the Year Award.

A NACUA member since 1985, Julie served on its Board of Directors as an at-large member from 2001 – 2004. In addition, her committee service is significant, and includes service on the Committees on Nominations and Elections, Finance and Audit, Membership and Member Services, Publications, Strategic Planning, Program for the Annual Conference, and Honors and Awards. Her record of attendance and speaking engagements at numerous NACUA conferences is exemplary.

In addition to her extensive NACUA service, Julie's community service and memberships include: President of the Board of Directors of Sunnyfield Estates Homeowners Association; Chesapeake Kayak Adventures; Potomac Valley Samoyed Club; and many others.

Julie was born and raised in Maryland, the daughter of Enolia Goodwin and the late James Goodwin, both retired career educators. She is the proud mother of Rachel Goodwin Soto, who along with her husband, Louie Soto, are raising their wonderful daughter and Julie's granddaughter, Adelaida ("Addy"), in San Diego, CA. The Goodwin family also includes her famous canine companions – Paige, Alaska, and Sooki – of the Samoyed breed.

Her NACUA colleagues noted that, in addition to her extensive public service to NACUA over many years, Julie continues to serve as a quiet and constant mentor to numerous attorneys who are new to higher education and to NACUA, and is always welcoming new members to the NACUA family at various conferences and meetings – thus, modeling the NACUA core values of civility, collegiality, and inclusiveness.

NACUA is pleased to recognize Julie D. Goodwin as a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award for her extraordinary service both to NACUA and to institutions of higher learning over an extended period of time, and for her outstanding contributions to the work of the Association.