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Julie Dews
Frank Goldsmith

Julie 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. She 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. She became a partner in the firm in 1993, and in 1996 the firm name was changed to Goldsmith, Goldsmith and Dews, P.A.

Ms. Dews practices mainly in the areas of worker’s compensation, Social Security disability, and personal injury. She is a member of the American Association for Justice, the National Organization of Social Security Claimant’s Representatives, the Worker’s Injury Law & Advocacy Group, 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. She is a former president of the McDowell County Bar Association.