LAMP Alum Julia Church Kozicki - Lawyer, Mayoral Candidate, and Jeopardy Champ
Friday, October 23, 2020
This month we’re catching up with Julia Church Kozicki (1991 Economics BA, LAMP honors). She currently serves as general counsel for Sigma Kappa Sorority at the organization’s national headquarters in Carmel, Indiana. Kozicki debated between a major in business and economics, and credits the LAMP program with helping her decide to major in economics. She learned about LAMP through an email she received in the spring of her freshman year, stating that 24 students would be chosen to join the new, selective honors program.
After graduating, Julia attended Loyola University Chicago School of Law and graduated with a J.D. in 1994. She then clerked for United States District Judge Allen Sharp in the Northern District of Indiana until 2002, before moving into her current position with Sigma Kappa. Some common tasks of her job include reviewing contracts and trademarks, advising on policies and bylaw, and supporting risk management efforts. She loves that her current position allows her a lot of flexibility and variety in her day-to-day tasks.
Julia mentions that through her professional experiences, she has found her liberal arts education to be invaluable. “The practice of law, whether private, public, or in-house requires broad knowledge of a wide range of topics and the curiosity to learn more.” She explains that LAMP contributed to her professional career as it gave her opportunities to learn about a multitude of subjects while providing enough business knowledge (specifically in accounting) to function well in a quasi-corporate environment. She also embodied the LAMP slogan, “one perspective is never enough,” during a run on the City of Noblesville mayoral ticket.
Julia’s advice to current LAMP students: “take advantage of all of the opportunities IU has to offer. Even in the era of COVID, music, lectures, and classes on a multitude of topics are still available and far more accessible than they will be after graduation. And then think broadly on how to market that knowledge as you move towards your career and use the networks you have (including the IUAA and LAMP alumni) to make connections.” Fun fact: Julia put her own knowledge of many topics on display, Julia competed on and won Jeopardy! in 2011.
Thank you, Julia! We love hearing from our impressive alumni. We invite all LAMPers to fill out our Stay in Touch form on our website.
Answers compiled by LAMP Alumni Relations intern Makynsie Bancroft; edited by LAMP staff Laresa Lund.