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.
"White supremacist, racist cops must be removed, experts say," coverage by USA Today, March 23, 2021, featuring Associate Professor Vida Johnson.
"Opinion: Misdemeanor court has been closed for a year. Keep it that way," an opinion piece by Professor John M. Copacino, Professor Abbe Smith, and Associate Professor Vida Johnson, in The Washington Post, March 4, 2021.
"Experts discuss ‘horrible’ Phoenix police challenge coin," coverage on ABC15 Arizona, March 1, 2021, featuring Associate Professor Vida Johnson.
"Law Enforcement and the Problem of White Supremacy," coverage in The New Yorker, February 27, 2021, featuring Associate Professor Vida B. Johnson.