Areas of Expertise:

  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Labor Law
  • Employment Discrimination

Judith J. Johnson


Professor of Law




  • B.A., University of Texas at Austin with Honors
  • J.D., University of Mississippi with Honors


Judicial Clerkship:


  • Judge Charles Clark, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit


Professional Experience:


  • Mississippi College School of Law
  • Chair, Mississippi Judicial Advisory Study Committee, Subcommittee on Criminal Code Reform, 1994-present
  • Associate, Wells, Gerald, Brand, Waters, & Cox
  • Parter, Miller, Milam, Johnson, & Moeller


Journals, Articles, & Notes:


  • Reasonable Factors Other Than Age:  The Emerging Specter of Ageist
    Stereotypes, 33 SEATTLE U. L. REV. 49 (2009). 
  • Rescue the Americans with Disabilities Act from Restrictive Interpretations: Alcoholism as an Illustration. Northern Illinois University Law Review. Volume 27. Number 2. (2007)
  • Rehabilitate the Age Discrimination in Employment Act: Resuscitate the “Reasonable Factors Other than Age” Defense and the Disparate Impact Theory. 55 Hastings Law Review 1399(2004).
  • License to Harass Women: Requiring Hostile Environment Sexual Harassment to Be “Severe or Pervasive” Discriminates Among “Terms and Conditions of Employment, 62 U.OF MARYLAND. L. REV. 85 (2003).
  • A Uniform Standard for Exemplary Damages in Employment Discrimination Cases, 33 U. OF RICHMOND L. REV. 41 (1999).
  • Semantic Cover for Age Discrimination: Twilight of the ADEA, 42 WAYNE STATE L. REV. 1 (1995).
  • A Standard for Punitive Damages Under Title VII 46 FLORIDA LAW REVIEW 521 (1995). 
  • Rebuilding The Barriers: The Trend In Employment Discrimination Class Actions. 19 COLUMBIA HUMAN RIGHTS LAW REVIEW 1 (1988).
  • Protected Concerted Activity in the Non-Union Context: Limitations on the Employer's Rights to Discipline or Discharge Employees, 49 MISS. L.J. 839 (1979).
  • Contributed to 1983 Supplement Schlei and Grossman's Employment Discrimination Law, to 1983-1985 supplement and to 1989 and 1996 Cumulative Supplements of the same work.
  • Comment, The Public Trust Doctrine, 46 MISS. L.J. 84 (1975).
  • Note, Equal Pay Act, 44 MISS. 1028 (1973).




  • "Love It Or Leave It; An Examination of the Need For A Class Action Rule in Mississippi." Feb. 2005. 


Memberships & Admissions:


  • Member, American Bar Association, Mississippi Bar, Hinds County Bar Association, Women Lawyer's Association
  • Administrative Office of the Courts, Judicial Advisory Study Committee Chair, Subcommittee on Criminal Law Reform 1994-present.
  • St. Philip's Episcopal Church Altar Guild




  • Fellows of the Mississippi Bar
  • Fellows of the Young Lawyers' Section
  • Bencher, Charles Clark American Inn of Court
  • First Year Professor of the Year 1997; 1999
  • Secretary, Mississippi Bar Young Lawyers' Section
  • President, Hinds County Bar Association
  • President, Jackson Young Lawyers' Association
  • Chair, Mississippi Law Institute
  • Mississippi Law Journal Editorial Board