Julia Rives

Co-Director of the Veterans Clinic

Contact Information

Email rivesj@umsystem.edu
Phone 573-882-3854
Address 120 Hulston Hall
Education BA, University of Missouri
JD, University of Missouri, '16

Areas of Expertise

  • Appellate Practice
  • Criminal Law
  • Recruitment
  • Veterans Law

About Julia Rives

Julia grew up in Louisville, Kentucky. She attended the University of Missouri and received her Bachelor of Science in 2013 in Agriculture. After graduating, she was awarded the Tim Heinsz scholarship to attend the University of Missouri School of Law. While in law school, Julia interned for the Honorable E. Richard Webber, and served as a Rule 13 law student for the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Veterans Clinic. Julia worked on several veterans’ disability compensation cases as a law student for the Veterans Clinic, including two military sexual trauma claims. Julia received her Juris Doctor in 2016 and was awarded the Order of the Coif and the Order of Barristers. Julia was admitted to the Missouri Bar in 2016 and the Kentucky Bar in 2017. During her first year as an attorney, Julia became accredited with the Veterans Administration and served as a law clerk for the Missouri Court of Appeals Eastern District in St. Louis. She then worked for the Missouri Attorney General’s Office as an Assistant Attorney General. In her time with the Attorney General’s Office, Julia successfully defended more than 200 appeals on behalf of the State and successfully argued before the Supreme Court of Missouri four times. Julia also assisted in two criminal jury trials that resulted in verdicts of guilty on all counts. In 2019, Julia was selected to be the first Supreme Court Fellow under Attorney General Eric Schmitt. In 2020, Julia was awarded the David J. Dixon Appellate Advocacy Award for her outstanding appellate advocacy work for the State of Missouri. In 2021, Julia joined the Veterans Clinic as the clinical director.