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Washington Supreme Court Justice Charles Johnson honored for lifetime dedication to legal educationSeptember 21, 2012
Washington State Supreme Court Justice Charles W. Johnson has been awarded the 2012 John J. McAulay Legal Educator Award. This national award was presented by Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity for “contributions to legal education upon a lifetime of dedication to the principles and ideals of integrity, compassion, courage and professional service.”
The award was presented at Seattle University School of Law at the annual Phi Alpha Delta District Conference.
“I am honored and humbled to have received this award in recognition of what I feel is the small part I have played in my efforts to be involved in legal education and supporting, promoting and increasing educational programs and opportunities for everyone,” said Johnson. “The legal profession has historically and continuously embraced the responsibility of educating the public on issues of law, the rules of law and civics. This is reflected by the efforts of many judges and lawyers engaged in teaching and lecturing at universities, colleges, high schools and other educational venues.”
Justice Johnson remains a Distinguished Jurist in Residence at Seattle University School of Law where he taught Washington State constitutional law for 15 years and has authored numerous law review articles, including a comprehensive article on Washington State search and seizure law.
John J. McAulay was a Phi Alpha Delta member and professor at Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans for more than 40 years, along with numerous education outreach efforts. Following his death, an award was created in his name to honor contributions to legal education.
Justice Johnson stated, “I am especially honored to receive this award from Phi Alpha Delta, which strives to advance integrity, compassion and courage through service to the student, the school, the profession and the community.”
Chief Justice Barbara Madsen stated, “I am proud that a member of the Washington State Supreme Court was selected for this award, and especially Justice Johnson. Since joining the court in 1991, he has demonstrated a strong commitment to improving legal education. From his role as law professor to his advocacy for expanding educational opportunities, Justice Johnson has been deeply involved in promoting legal education as a tool for increasing access to justice. Justice Johnson richly deserves this recognition.”
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