Perkins Coie is pleased to announce that Julia Markley has received the annual firmwide Perkins Coie Pro Bono Leadership Award. The award is given to a lawyer who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and commitment in the provision of pro bono services to our clients during the year. Markley was selected as a recipient of this award because of her extraordinary commitment to pro bono work, including her work to bring back to the United States an El Salvadorian national after the Ninth Circuit ruled that he had been wrongfully deported.
In that case, Markley represented JMB, an El Salvadorian national, who entered the United States without papers after being beaten nearly to death by the local police officers he had reported for murder and drug trafficking. The Immigration Court ruled that JMB was entitled to stay in the United States, but the Board of Immigration Appeals reversed. Markley successfully persuaded the Ninth Circuit that JMB was entitled to withholding of removal and withholding under the Convention Against Torture. Unfortunately, JMB had already been deported to El Salvador in 2003, and the file contained no home contact information. With the help of International Social Service, which acted with the utmost secrecy given that the local police were out to assault or kill JMB, Markley traced JMB to his barrio in Santa Ana, El Salvador. The Department of Homeland Security was forced to bring back to the United States a person whom it had wrongfully deported, which is an extremely rare occurrence. JMB is now living in California with relatives.
Markley directed that the $1,000 cash donation that came with this award be given to the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Law Foundation, an organization that develops and supports programs to educate the legal profession and Asian Pacific American communities about legal issues affecting those communities.
In 2008 and 2009, Markley was recognized in Oregon Law & Politics as an “Oregon Rising Star.” Markley has served as a member of the Oregon State Bar House of Delegates and on the Bar's Diversity Section Executive Committee. She has served on the board of Oregon Women Lawyers and continues to serve on the Oregon Women Lawyers' Judicial Workgroup. She is on the Lawyers' Committee for the ACLU of Oregon and is the founding president of the Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association. She is a member of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and Oregon Minority Lawyers Association. Markley serves on the firm's strategic diversity committee.
Markley earned her law degree, with high honors, Order of the Coif, from the University of Washington School of Law. She was Notes & Comments Editor for the Washington Law Review. She received her undergraduate degree from Stanford University.
Before joining Perkins Coie, Markley completed a clerkship with the Honorable R. William Riggs of the Oregon Supreme Court and served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Ancer L. Haggerty, U.S. District Court, District of Oregon.
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