Julian is an associate attorney at Forman Watkins & Krutz LLP in Jackson, Mississippi, where he focuses his practice on a variety of civil litigation matters, including commercial litigation, general and products liability matters, governmental litigation and appeals in state and federal court. However, his main focus is developing anti-poverty projects in economic development, public health, and education in the Mississippi Delta that will have a transformational impact on public policy in Mississippi.
Julian was born and raised in the Mississippi Delta region. He matriculated at Harvard University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in government in 2007. After graduation, Julian reflected on how he could use his community work to helping others in his struggling home region. A connection needed to be made between institutional resources, such as federal grants, to be brought down to the grassroots level. Julian enrolled in law school to help give him better access to and understanding of that top level. While at the University of Mississippi School of Law he co-founded the Delta Fresh Foods Initiative, a community of growers, health and agriculture educators, schools, and food retailers committed to creating equitable community food systems in the region with a focus on creating revenue to address social problems.
In addition to working at Forman Watkins & Krutz LLP, Julian is currently working to establish the Reuben V. Anderson Center for Justice to implement grassroots community development programs and policy work around poverty reduction, educational advancement, public health equity, community and economic development, and children’s legal rights in Mississippi. Julian has chronicled some of his anti-poverty work in the Mississippi Delta in a chapter in a book entitled, Problem Solving for Better Health: A Global Perspective. He also has other publications to his credit related to public policy and economic justice.