About

Julie L. Dunbar

I believe the law is a "helping profession" and my job is to protect my clients and help solve their problems.

One of my early influences was the great American novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. I was inspired by the strength of character of Atticus Fitch. To this day, I believe the law is a noble calling and requires a practitioner to be an example of good character to his/her community.

Certainly being a parent and spouse have been the crucible experiences of my life. I also take great stock in attending two wonderful universities, The
University of Michigan
and
Wayne State University.
Traveling and reading are my favorite hobbies which, together with a strong liberal arts and legal education, have contributed to a broad world view of people and their experiences.

Over the years I have represented a wide variety of clients. Singles, couples, LGBT, young, middle, old. I truly enjoy the diversity and variety of people and legal needs I am fortunate to represent. I do a lot of estate planning which includes wills, advance directives for medical and financial needs, creating and funding revocable living trusts and special needs trusts for disabled children. Partner planning is another area I think is very important if a couple is not in a traditional marriage. My real estate practice involves everything from "For Sale by Owner" to reviewing documents for Sellers and Buyers as well as helping clients maintain long-held family vacation homes for successive generations.

I am very involved in CASA of Washtenaw County. CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is a national organization that pairs trained lay volunteers to act as a court-appointed advocates for vulnerable children in foster care who are the subject of a court action because of neglect or abuse. Currently, I am Board President of Friends of CASA of Washtenaw County -- a role I find both demanding and rewarding.

My husband and I are excited to be charter members of Ann Arbor West Rotary. Rotary is an international organization of volunteers dedicated to the Rotary motto "Service Above Self". Rotary is currently waging a campaign to eradicate polio in the world! I feel a special connection to that mission because a favorite aunt of mine was a polio survivor. Our local club is focusing on both local and international humanitarian efforts including an orphanage/elder hostel in Sri Lanka founded by one of our members (who is a native of Sri Lanka). My husband and I hope to join a mission trip to visit Sri Lanka this summer as I have a brother and his family living and working there for the U.S. State Department. Life's coincidences are interesting, aren't they?

Memberships:
  • Michigan State Bar
  • Washtenaw County Bar Association
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
Linda Calderone
Office Manager

Scout Dunbar Law Dog
Cavalier Spaniel named after the daughter in To Kill a Mockingbird.

Other Affiliations:
Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge