Justice Charles Johnson honored for commitment to legal education

September 24, 2012

Washington Supreme Court Justice Charles Johnson '76 received the 2012 John J. McAulay Legal Educator Award, a national award presented by Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity for "contributions to legal education upon a lifetime of dedication to the principles and ideals of integrity, compassion, courage and professional service."

The award was presented at the annual Phi Alpha Delta District Conference at Seattle University School of Law.

CHarles JOhnson Johnson is the only graduate of  Seattle University School of Law to serve on the state Supreme Court and is a distinguished jurist in residence at the law school, where he has taught Washington State constitutional law for 15 years and has authored numerous law review articles, including a comprehensive article on Washington State search and seizure law. He remains active in the law school's activities, participating in moot court competitions and clinical exercises. 

"I am honored and humbled to have received this award in recognition of what I feel is the small part I have played in my efforts to be involved in legal education and supporting, promoting and increasing educational programs and opportunities for everyone,"  Johnson said. "The legal profession has historically and continuously embraced the responsibility of educating the public on issues of law, the rules of law and civics. This is reflected by the efforts of many judges and lawyers engaged in teaching and lecturing at universities, colleges, high schools and other educational venues."

John J. McAulay was a Phi Alpha Delta member and professor at Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans for more than 40 years. 

"I am proud that a member of the Washington State Supreme Court was selected for this award, and especially Justice Johnson," Chief Justice Barbara Madsen said. "Since joining the court in 1991, he has demonstrated a strong commitment to improving legal education. From his role as law professor to his advocacy for expanding educational opportunities, Justice Johnson has been deeply involved in promoting legal education as a tool for increasing access to justice. Justice Johnson richly deserves this recognition."