Julia has been involved in her community her entire life. Growing up with three sisters in Central Pennsylvania, Julia attended St. Vincent College working toward a Bachelors degree in Political Science. She graduated in 1992 with honors and was accepted into Penn State's Dickinson School of Law. In 1995 she graduated with her Juris Doctor degree and received the Order of the Barristers Award. She then went on to work for Miller, Kistler, Campbell where she became partner.
Julia married her husband Brian Rater in 1997. She has been engaged in civil litigation since she began practicing law in 1995 and has represented clients in more than 500 hearings on a broad spectrum of legal matters. She joined McQuaide Blasko in 2010, with focusses on Family and Collaborative Law as well as Real Estate Law. Rater was a member of the advisory committee that established the Children’s Advocacy Center of Centre County, whose mission is to protect children and to prevent, identify, and treat child abuse.
Her interest in family law led her to establish specialties in collaborative law and in mediation. Both approaches lessen the trauma of family court issues and produce more constructive outcomes.
For 12 years, Rater has served on the Board of Governors of the Centre County Bar Association. She is also Chair of the Association’s Bench-Bar Committee. Rater is co-author of Custody Law and Practice in Pennsylvania, published by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, and frequently writes course materials and serves as Instructor for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute.
While growing up, Rater helped care for her sister with intellectual disabilities, which led Rater to join the Board of Directors of Strawberry Fields. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Tides, an organization offering grief support to children, teens, and adults who are grieving the death of a loved one.
Julia and Brian, live in Patton Township, where he has served for eight years and chaired the Planning Commission for the past two years. A realtor, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Centre County Association of Realtors. Their three daughters attended State College Area School District schools, where their youngest is a senior. Their middle child is a Schreyer Scholar at Penn State, majoring in health policy administration. The oldest is in graduate school at the University of Delaware, seeking her Masters Degree in Nutrition. Julia and Brian were active parents in their daughters’ school activities. For Julia, that included concession stand coordinator for the Park Forest Swim Team, booster club president for the State High Girls Lacrosse Team, and volunteer for the AVID Dance Team.