Board Member - Board Position #5
Julie Norton is an attorney and partner at Ogden Murphy Wallace, PLLC (with offices in Wenatchee and Seattle). She has been a licensed and practicing attorney for 14 years. Her practice emphasizes municipal law, employment law, land use and development (including real estate transactions), general civil litigation, and general business law.
Julie’s municipal law practice, which includes representation of numerous code cities, special purpose districts, and other governmental entities, provides an important foundation for her understanding of the Wenatchee School District as a government agency and participation on the School Board. Julie is skilled in reviewing, analyzing and drafting contracts, policies, and regulations. She is also focused on ensuring compliance with governmental codes, rules, and regulations, including public bidding/purchasing laws, open government requirements, educational regulations, and budgeting. Julie was also appointed as the Board’s legislative representative, where she will closely monitor legislation related to educational and district operational requirements to help apprise the Board of pending updates, and determine whether to comment on any proposed legislation that may impact the District operations.
Julie volunteers time to speak at seminars and workshops sponsored by the Association of Washington Cities and MRSC focused on Public Records Act and Open Public Meeting Act Compliance. She also trains newly elected officials on open government, conflict of interest, and other ethical requirements.
Julie’s professional memberships include the Washington State Bar Association, the Chelan-Douglas County Bar Association, and the Washington State Association of Municipal Attorneys (WSAMA). She is also active in the Wenatchee community, including serving on the board of directors for the YMCA, Wenatchee Valley Youth Sports Foundation, and Arena Youth Enrichment Fund. She was recognized by the Wenatchee World as one of the top 30 professionals under 35 in the Wenatchee Valley.
Julie was born and raised in Boring, Oregon. She received her B.A. in Business Administration and Finance from the University of Washington in 2003. While in college, she was an active participant in the Husky Marching Band and a Deans List recipient. Julie subsequently earned her law degree, graduating cum laude, from the Seattle University School of Law. Julie and her husband, Brad Norton (a Chelan County Sheriff’s Deputy and 3rd generation Wenatchee native) moved to Wenatchee in 2006. They have 3 children in the Wenatchee School District.