Julie is a lifelong Tennessee resident. She was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, graduated from Wooddale High School (Memphis, TN) in 1982, from The University of Memphis (B.S. Mathematics, 1986; Juris Doctorate, 1989), and completed 39 hours of additional graduate study at The University of Memphis in the field of counseling between 1998 and 2002. She is a Supreme Court Listed Mediator.
Julie is in her 28th year of service as a trial attorney in the state and federal courts of Tennessee and Mississippi. She has successfully defended and argued appeals in the appellate courts and in the Tennessee Supreme Court. She is a member of the following bar associations: Memphis, Tipton County, DeSoto County and State of Mississippi.
Julie is married to John W. “Wes” Ashworth, III, a Professional Engineer (Civil) and Registered Land Surveyor. Wes is a 1973 graduate of Messick High School (Memphis, TN) and The University of Memphis (B.S. Engineering 1979). They reside in Collierville.
Julie is the mother of three children: Fred, a mathematician; Becky, a software engineer; and David, a student at Memphis University School. Julie’s parents were Frank and Jean Dichtel, both deceased.
Julie is a member of the Collierville Town Beautiful Commission. Julie has worked with the Shelby County Election Commission on Election Day since 2013, and in 2014 was promoted to an Officer of Election.
In addition to her full-time job, her duties as a mother and other activities and interests, Julie regularly volunteers her time providing free legal services to the community. She has donated her time to: Memphis Area Legal Services Saturday Legal Clinic; Community Legal Foundation; Memphis Area Legal Services; Legal Lines, a free legal service offered annually in conjunction between WREG-TV News 3 and the Memphis Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division. She has also spoken by invitation to Shelby County high school students enrolled in American Government classes.
Julie has served with the following organizations: the Tipton County Commission on Aging, member, Board of Directors; VFW Ladies Auxiliary, District 9 President; Girl Scouts Heart of the South, Leader and Weekend Camp Director; Boy Scouts of America, Den Leader & Pack Committee Chair, Cub Scout Pack 66. Julie was awarded the Girl Scout Volunteer Service Pin in 2006 for her volunteer service.
Julie supports our public school system; she opposes school vouchers. Julie is a handgun carry permit holder, and her husband, Wes, is a hunter. Julie has owned firearms her entire adult life. She supports the 2nd Amendment right to own and bear arms. Julie also supports affordable and accessible healthcare.
Julie was born into a Roman Catholic family and attended Holy Rosary Catholic Church (Memphis) and Church of the Resurrection (Memphis). In 1992, she joined the Episcopal Church. Julie is a member of St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral where she is on the Newcomer Greeting and Hospitality Committees, and where she teaches Sunday School.