STATE UNIVERSITY OF NY (SUNY) BINGHAMTON, PH.D. in Comparative Literature, 2010
STATE UNIVERSITY OF NY (SUNY) OSWEGO, BA and MA in English, 2002
COMENIUS UNIVERSITY, PEDAGOGICAL FACULTY, BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA, BA in TESOL Instruction, 1998
Being a member of Getman, Sweeney and Dunn provides a crucial platform for my work as an active social justice advocate. In my work as a paralegal, I particularly enjoy talking to clients and getting to know them as individuals. I feel passionate about the work I do in part because my voice contributes greatly to the ways in which a legal argument is articulated and memorialized. To date, one of my proudest moments at Getman, Sweeney & Dunn has been notifying our Kellogg plaintiffs about a substantial settlement award on the eve of a scheduled trial. To hear their expressions of deepest gratitude was simply unforgettable.
Julia Friday joined Getman & Sweeney as a litigation paralegal in 2015. Prior to working with the firm, she taught at several academic institutions, including SUNY New Paltz and Ohio University. Raised in Czechoslovakia under the Communist regime, Julia has written on the ways state institutional systems have been used to repress dissident voices. During her academic training, she was a recipient of prestigious fellowships and her work was published in several peer-reviewed journals. As a member of the contingent faculty in the SUNY system, she experienced firsthand the financial and professional plight of the part-time workers, where the demands of the position too often outstripped the compensation. This experience made her realize the vital importance of labor advocacy and reinforced her passion for social justice. Julia Friday is fluent in written and spoken Czech, Slovak and German.
“Unsettled Graves, Uncertain Futures: On Ostalgia” Art Papers, January/February 2012. “Boris Mikhailov: Case History” Art Papers, January/February 2012. “Prague 1968: Spatiality and the Tactics of Resistance” Texas Studies in Literature and Language (University of Texas at Austin), June 2011. “Investigations of the Suburban” Afterimage: The Journal for Media Arts and Cultural Criticism, August 2009. “Mapping the Trajectory of Vision: New Photography ’05: Carlos Garaicoa, Bertien van Manen, Phillip Pisciotta, Robin Rhode” Afterimage: The Journal for Media Arts and Cultural Criticism, May/June 2006. Under review: Czechoslovakia From the Prague Spring To the Velvet Revolution: The Composition of Memory, Public Record and Archive. (monograph).