Dean Julie Underwood Biographical Sketch



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Julie Underwood 

Image of Julie UnderwoodJulie Underwood, a nationally recognized authority on school law, became the eighth dean of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education in August 2005. She is also a tenured faculty member of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis and served as department chair from 1993-94.  From 1995 to 1998, she served as dean of Miami University’s School of Education and Allied Professions and from 1998 to 2005 as associate executive director and general counsel for the National School Boards Association (NSBA) in Washington, D.C. At the NSBA, she led a legal advocacy program on behalf of the nation’s public school boards, including producing friend-of-the-court briefs and legal strategies before the U.S. Supreme Court and lower courts.

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