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M. Tia Johnson

Distinguished Lecturer from Government

B.A., Hampton; M.S., War College; J.D., Temple; LL.M, U.S. Army JAG School; LL.M, UVA

M. Tia Johnson is a Distinguished Lecturer from Government at Georgetown Law and a Visiting Fellow at Georgetown’s Center on National Security and the Law....

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M. Tia Johnson is a Distinguished Lecturer from Government at Georgetown Law and a Visiting Fellow at Georgetown’s Center on National Security and the Law. She is also a Distinguished Fellow at the Center for National Security Law at the University of VA School of Law. Immediately before arriving at Georgetown, she served as the Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs, at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Prior to her appointment as Assistant Secretary, Professor Johnson was the Senior Advisor to the Director, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Professor Johnson retired from the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, where she specialized in international and national security law. In 2002, she became the first African-American female to be selected to the rank of Colonel in the U.S. Army's JAG Corps' 227-year history. In her final assignment, she served as the Senior Military Assistant to the Department of Defense General Counsel.

In addition to being a frequent presenter at various law schools, Professor Johnson’s previous academic experience includes serving as the Waldemar A. Solf Chair of International Law at the U.S. Army’s Judge Advocate Generals’ School, in Charlottesville, Virginia, where she taught courses in national security law, intelligence law, interagency processes, and the Law of War. After the September 11 attacks, she developed a new course on Homeland Defense and helped co-author the accompanying Handbook. Early in her career, she served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of New Jersey.

Professor Johnson is a Member of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Law and National Security. She is a contributing author to the ABA’s recently published, “Sourcebook of Public-Private Partnerships for Security and Resilience.”

Professor Johnson obtained her J.D. from Temple University, and two LL.Ms; one from the Judge Advocate Generals' School, and the other from the University of Virginia School of Law. She also has a M.S. in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.  In addition to her numerous military awards, Professor Johnson has been recognized by the civilian bar. She is a 1995 joint recipient of the American Bar Association's Hodson Award for Outstanding Public Service. In 2002, she was inducted into the National Bar Association's Military Law Section Hall of Fame. In 2005, she was selected as the American Bar Association's Outstanding Military Service Career Judge Advocate.

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"Campus Notebook: Sally Yates at Georgetown; Misericordia's new bioethics center," coverage by National Catholic Reporter, September 29, 2017, featuring Distinguished Visitors from Government Sally Yates, Matthew Colangelo, M. Tia Johnson, and Karl Thompson.

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"Campus Notebook: Sally Yates at Georgetown; Misericordia's new bioethics center," coverage by National Catholic Reporter, September 29, 2017, featuring Distinguished Visitors from Government Sally Yates, Matthew Colangelo, M. Tia Johnson, and Karl Thompson.

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