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Julie Dews
Frank Goldsmith

JJulie Dews was born in Albany, Georgia. She received her B.A. degree, with distinction, from the University of North Carolina at Asheville in 1974. She received her J.D. from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts in 1990. Under Northeastern University School of Law’s unique approach to training law students for careers in the legal profession, known as Cooperative Legal Education, students complete a traditional first year of academic study and then, for the remaining two years, alternate every three months between working full time as legal interns and attending classes on a full time basis. The successful completion of four cooperative work quarters is a graduation requirement for all Northeastern law students. Ms. Dews completed cooperative work quarters at the Office of the Public Defender in Asheville, North Carolina, the firm of Whalen, Hay, Pitts, Hugenschmidt, Devereaux & Belser in Asheville, North Carolina, and the firm of Goldsmith and Goldsmith in Marion. She began her practice at Goldsmith and Goldsmith in 1990. Ms. Dews became a partner in the firm in 1993, and in 1997 the firm name was changed to Goldsmith, Goldsmith and Dews, P.A.

Ms. Dews practices mainly in the area of Social Security disability.
She is a member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimant’s Representatives, the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, and the North Carolina and McDowell County Bar Associations. She has served on the boards of Western Carolinians for Criminal Justice, the McDowell County Criminal Justice Partnership Program, the McDowell Care Center, Family Services of McDowell County, and the Human Rights Committee at Broughton Hospital, and is a former president of the McDowell County Bar Association. She has four children and seven grandchildren, and her hobbies include yoga, hiking, and reading.