With support from the University of Georgia’s Presidential Task Force on Race, Ethnicity and Community, the School of Law and School of Public and International Affairs have established the Judge Horace J. Johnson, Jr. Lecture on Race, Law and Policy in honor of the late jurist, who was a trailblazer for the Black community in Georgia. Johnson was a pioneer throughout his life. He was one of five students who helped desegregate Newton County, Georgia, schools in the 1960s. He graduated from the UGA School of Law in 1982. After briefly working in Atlanta, Johnson became the first Black attorney to practice in his home county. In 2002, he became the first Black Superior Court judge to serve in the Alcovy Judicial Circuit when then-Gov. Roy Barnes appointed him to the post. He remained in this role until his death in July 2020.

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2023 Judge Johnson Lecture

Presented by Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta

Co-moderated by Professor John Meixner and Professor Clare Norins


Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Program |3:30pm


Larry Walker Room, Rusk Hall

Previous Lecturers

2021: Stephen L. Carter, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law, Yale Law School |

2022: Dr. Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, Princeton University and Dr. Cornel West, Professor Emeritus, Princeton University.