Dr. Flood was born in Orlando, Florida to John M. and Dorothy Mills Tate. Her father grew up in a farming family in Western North Carolina, and her mother grew up in a farming family in Eastern North Carolina. With family roots extending across the state, Julee has had a lifelong love for North Carolina, calling it her “home” since 2003. Married in 1985 to her college sweetheart and best friend, Tim, they have four wonderful adult sons and four talented daughters-in-law (all graduates of North Carolina public higher education institutions and residents of Wake County), and four grandchildren. Julee cherishes family time and enjoys activities such as hiking, sailing, horseback riding, and Zumba. Julee and Tim have attended the Shepherd’s Church in Cary since 2003.
Dr. Flood has a passion for youth development, professionalism, and community. She is on the Board Governance and Internal Affairs committees at CORRAL Riding Academy, a faith-motivated, non-profit organization offering equine assisted therapy, academic support, vocational training, and nutritional support for at-risk, adolescent girls. She also enjoys serving as a bar mentor for law graduates preparing for the bar exam; serving on the Bench and Bar Committee for the Tenth Judicial District Bar; judging moot court, mock trial, writing, and civics education competitions for law, college, and high school students; and helping with myriad church, nonprofit, and community events.
Throughout her career, Dr. Flood has gained diverse legal, business, and institutional experience. Julee is in-house counsel and advisor for a multi-state veterinary services business she co-founded with her husband. They are honored to employ over 50 people and strive to offer a great work environment for their team. She also serves as an attorney at the Court of Appeals, currently working for Judge Jeffery K. Carpenter. Julee has amassed extensive court experience, having analyzed and drafted hundreds of judicial opinions for nine appellate judges and justices in federal and state courts. One of Julee’s greatest joys is teaching. She previously taught at Elon Law in a Fellowship and then as Visiting Professor of Law and Director of the Leadership Program. She has also been an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee’s College of Law and College of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, and at Duke University’s Paralegal Program.
Dr. Flood earned both B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Florida, an M.P.A. from the University of Maine, a J.D. from the University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law, and a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee, in which her specialization area was the law and policy of higher education. She has published scholarly articles and a book on managing risks in faculty hiring.
Dr. Flood believes fairness is achieved through a judicial philosophy rooted in judicial restraint and consistency in the law. She is dedicated to:
Upholding our State and Federal Constitutions
by adhering to the language of the State and Federal Constitutions as originally written and understood.
Following the Rule of Law
by adhering to the language of the law as enacted by legislative bodies, agreed to by parties, or ruled upon in precedent.
Delivering Justice for All
by acting with dignity and professionalism, treating everyone who comes before the Court with respect, ruling on cases promptly, and promoting equal justice under the law.