Bill Julian became involved with Putah Creek Council as soon as the creek dried up in the summer of 1989. A lawyer by profession, and married to Council Steering Committee member Robin Kulakow, Bill provided invaluable "behind the scenes" perspective, political connections and legal guidance throughout the litigation.
Bill came to Davis from Indiana in 1982 and got admitted to practice law at that time. For many years he worked as a utility regulation specialist for the State Assembly and then worked for the Public Utilities Commission. At the time of the litigation, he was also the Chair of the Yolo County Democratic Party. Enthusiastically supportive of Robin's work with Putah Creek Council, Bill was drawn to the protection and restoration of Putah Creek and its value as a local natural resource capable of bringing communities of people together. As a veteran of complicated, sophisticated legal battles, he was also motivated to help with the litigation.
Bill is currently semi-retired and lives in Davis with his wife, Robin Kulakow.
Listen to Bill's oral history recording below.