Women's History Month Speaker: Chief Justice Bernette Johnson

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Womens History Month 1
Saturday, March 23rd 2024
1-2 P.M.
All Ages

In commemoration of Women's History Month and in conjunction with the ongoing exhibition, "I AM A MAN: Photographs of the Civil Rights Movement," the Old State Capitol will host former Chief Justice Bernette Johnson as the distinguished speaker at a special event on Saturday, March 23, at 1:00 pm.

Chief Justice Bernette Johnson, a trailblazer in the legal profession, served as the first Black and second female Chief Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court. Elected in 1994, she went on to make history, securing reelection without opposition in 2000 and 2010. Sworn in as Chief Justice on February 1, 2013, Chief Justice Johnson served until her retirement at the end of 2020.

A lifelong advocate for social justice and civil rights, Chief Justice Johnson's judicial career began in 1984 when she became the first woman elected to serve on the Civil District Court of New Orleans. Over the years, she championed numerous initiatives, including the training and certification of Limited English Proficiency Interpreters and the implementation of an electronic filing system for the Louisiana Supreme Court.

Widely recognized for her contributions, Chief Justice Johnson received prestigious awards such as the Joan Dempsey Klein Award, the Spirit of Excellence Award, and the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award. In 2019, she was honored with the Gertrude E. Rush Award for her leadership in the community and the legal profession.

The Louisiana State Bar Association, acknowledging Chief Justice Johnson's profound impact, established the "Louisiana State Bar Association Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson Trailblazer Award" in 2016.

Chief Justice Johnson, one of the first Black women to earn a Juris Doctorate degree from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University, continues to inspire through her commitment to justice. The Louisiana Supreme Court Law Museum was renamed the Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson Supreme Court Museum in tribute to her lifelong dedication.

Join us at the Old State Capitol on Saturday, March 23, at 1:00 pm, as Chief Justice Bernette Johnson shares her experiences and insights in a special lecture. This event is a unique opportunity to celebrate a remarkable individual who has left an indelible mark on the legal profession and the citizens of Louisiana.