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.
"California sherrif warns officers not to join far-right extremist groups, records reveal," coverage by The Guardian, June 4, 2021, featuring Associate Professor Vida Johnson.
"CA Sheriff Warned Officers Not to Join Far-Right Extremists," coverage in The Crime Report, June 4, 2021, featuring Professor Vida B Johnson.
"Law Students Win Compassionate Release for Clients Through GULC Clinics," coverage in The Hoya, April 23, 2021, featuring Professor John Copacino, Associate Professor Vida Johnson, Professor Abbe Smith, and Dean William Treanor.
"Fact check: Missing context in the claim questioning whether Derek Chauvin received fair trial," coverage by USA Today, April 21, 2021, featuring Associate Professor Vida Johnson.