Professor Johnson, prior to joining Georgetown University Law Center, was a supervising attorney in the Trial Division at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS), where she worked for eight years. At PDS Ms. Johnson was assigned to the most serious cases at the “Felony One” level, and her experience included numerous trials in D.C. Superior Court representing indigent clients facing charges including homicide, sexual assault, and armed offenses. Ms. Johnson’s responsibilities at PDS also included supervising other trial attorneys and serving as one of the agency’s two representatives to the D.C. Superior Court Sentencing Guidelines Commission. In 2009, Ms. Johnson was a Visiting Associate Professor in the Juvenile Justice Clinic at Georgetown University Law Center. Before joining PDS, Professor Johnson was an E. Barrett Prettyman fellow at Georgetown University Law Center. As a fellow she represented indigent adults in the D.C. Superior Court and supervised students in the Criminal Justice Clinic. Ms. Johnson earned her law degree from New York University Law School in 2000 and she earned her B.A. in American History from the University of California, Berkeley in 1995.
"After Capitol riot, police chiefs work to root out officers with ties to extremist groups," coverage by The Washington Post, January 24, 2021, featuring Associate Professor Vida Johnson.
"US Capitol riot: police have long history of aiding neo-Nazis and extremists," coverage in The Guardian, January 16, 2021, featuring Professor Vida Johnson.
"Policing the Police: Germany's Lessons for the U.S.," coverage in U.S. News and World Report, January 15, 2021, featuring Professor Vida Johnson.
"What is the ‘boogaloo’ and who are the rioters who stormed the Capitol? 5 essential reads," coverage in The Conversation, January 15, 2021, featuring Professor Vida Johnson.