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10 De Novo: Newsl. L. Libr. La. 1 (2012-2013)

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Farewell, Chief Justice Kimball  3


by Miriam Childs

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Riding Circuit


An Evening With Justice
Louisiana Supreme Court
Portrait Collection
Marie Erickson's Retirement
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On February 1, 2013, Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson will become the first African-
American ChiefJustice ofthe Louisiana Supreme Court.

J ustice   Bernette Joshua
    Johnson   will become
Chief Justice of the Loui-
siana Supreme   Court   on
February  1 2013, the first
African-American to be
the  administrator of  the
state's entire legal system.
Though   Justice Johnson's
career highlights are well
known,  this auspicious oc-
casion calls for a retrospec-
tive of her life and work.

Born  in  Ascension  Parish,
Justice Johnson grew  up in
New   Orleans.  She  gradu-
ated  as  the  valedictorian
from Walter  L. Cohen High
School  in New Orleans  and
went  on to attend Spelman
College in Atlanta, Georgia
on  scholarship.  After re-
ceiving a Bachelor  of Arts
degree  in 1964 from  Spel-
man,   Justice Johnson   at-
tended  LSU Law School.

She  was  one  of  the first
African-American women
to graduate from LSU's  law
program,  earning a J.D. in
1969.  While  a law student,
Justice  Johnson   interned
with the U.S. Department of
Justice Civil Rights Division
working  on  cases filed to
implement  the Civil Rights
Act  of 1964. Justice John-
son  also clerked for Ernest
N. Dutch  Morial in 1969.

Community service and a
calling to work towards so-
cial justice on behalf of the
poor, the  elderly, and the
disadvantaged   have  been
hallmarks  of Justice John-
son's career. In the 1960s,
she volunteered to be a com-
munity   organizer for  the
NAACP's Legal Defense
and  Education  Fund.  She
worked   with   community
groups  in  several South-
ern  states to  disseminate
information   about  school
desegregation decisions, en-
couraging  parents to enroll
their children in newly-de-
segregated schools. Justice
Johnson   organized house-
hold workers  who, with her
assistance, were successful in
their efforts to obtain So-
cial Security benefits and
to be paid minimum wage.

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                                                                Fall/Winter   2012


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