Areas of Expertise
- Appellate Practice
- Criminal Law
- Veterans Law
About Julia Rives
Julia Rives recently joined the Veterans Law Clinic as the new the Clinical Director under Angela Drake and she is also an associate professor of law at the University of Missouri School of Law. Professor Rives 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, she 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. She worked on several veterans’ disability compensation cases as a law student for the Veterans Clinic, including two military sexual trauma claims.
Professor Rives received her JD in 2016 and was awarded the Order of the Coif and the Order of Barristers. She was admitted to the Missouri Bar in 2016 and the Kentucky Bar in 2017. During her first year as an attorney, Professor Rives 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, Professor Rives successfully defended more than 200 appeals on behalf of the State and successfully argued before the Supreme Court of Missouri four times. Professor Rives also successfully prosecuted two criminal jury trials that resulted in verdicts of guilty on all counts. In 2019, Professor Rives was selected to be the first Supreme Court Fellow under Attorney General Eric Schmitt. In 2020, Professor Rives was awarded the David J. Dixon Appellate Advocacy Award for her outstanding appellate advocacy work for the State of Missouri.