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Julie Cope Hilden is a novelist and lawyer. She grew up in Hawaii and New Jersey and now lives in Los Angeles. She attended Harvard College, Yale Law School, and has an M.F.A. from Cornell University.
Upon graduating from law school, she clerked for then-Chief Judge Stephen G. Breyer of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and for Judge Kimba M. Wood of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. She has been admitted to the New York and District of Columbia bars. She was a litigation associate at the law firm of Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C., from 1996 to 1999. She worked on First Amendment, criminal defense, appellate cases, and other issues. As a legal writer her commentaries can be found on her webpage at Justia's Verdict. She has been a legal commentator on Good Morning America, Court TV, CNN, and NPR, and local television and radio stations.
Her first novel, Three, was published by Plume in August 2003. It was translated into French by Actes Sud in France, and also published in England by the UK division of Bantam Books in 2004. 3 is also available in translation in the Czech Republic. 3 was optioned for a film adaptation; Hilden is reportedly writing the first draft of the screenplay.