Julie L. Kessler
lawyer traveler writer


Julie L. Kessler grew up as the child of a single mother in Hawaii and California and struck out on her own after her mother’s death when Julie was 21, left largely alone in the world. Her memoir, Fifty-Fifty, follows her exploration of family ties in Israel and Europe (including those with her elusive father), her discovery of the language, food, and magic of France, her encounters with Hill Tribe women in the mountainous countryside of northern Vietnam – and her chance encounter with the son of a conman whose path she’d unwittingly crossed before....

Julie graduated with a B.A. in political science from the University of Hawaii, Manoa, and received her Juris Doctor degree from The National Law Center at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She has traveled to 107 countries, lived in Japan and in France, and spent significant periods of time in Israel, Hong Kong and Indonesia. After 25 years practicing as a lawyer, Julie spends most of her time, when not writing legal commentary in The Asia Times and the syndicated L.A. Daily Journal, pursuing good food, good wine, and interesting people as a travel journalist. Her travel articles appear in The L.A. Times, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser, The S.F. Examiner, The Asia Times, Westways Magazine, MoneyInc, The Jewish Journal, and Travel&Leisure. She has twice been a guest on the Frommer's Travel show as well as been a guest on American Forces Network Radio broadcast. When not circumnavigating the globe, Julie can be found enjoying her family and two crazy canines not far from an airport in California.


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