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Bernette J. Johnson

Bernette J. Johnson

Associate Justice, Louisiana Supreme Court

Justice Bernette J. Johnson was elected to serve on the Louisiana Supreme Court in 1994, and was re-elected, without opposition, in 2000. She serves on the Louisiana Supreme Courtís Judicial Council, and has served on the Courtís Legal Services Task Force as well as the National Campaign on Best Practices in the area of Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts. Justice Johnson is the Courtís appointee to the Louisiana Law Institute.

Justice Johnson attended Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, on an academic scholarship, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree. She received an Honorary Doctorate in Law from Spelman College in 2001. She was one of the first African- American women to attend the law school at Louisiana State University (LSU) where she received her J.D. in 1969. She was honored by her law school in 1996, when her portrait was unveiled, and she was inducted into the LSU Law Centerís Hall of Fame.

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