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.
"‘Extremists in Uniform Put the Nation at Risk," coverage in The New York Times, November 13, 2022, featuring Associate Professor Vida Johnson.
"Prevalence of white supremacists in law enforcement demands drastic change," coverage in Reuters, May 12, 2022, featuring Associate Professor Vida Johnson.
"Judge Jackson’s Public Defender Past Is a Strength, Not a Weakness," an opinion piece by Associate Professor Vida B. Johnson, in Bloomberg Law, March 23, 2022.
"COVID-19 Cases Are Surging At The D.C. Jail," coverage in DCist, December 22, 2021, featuring Associate Professor Vida Johnson.