Venus D. Johnson
Attorney General Kamala D. Harris this week appointed Venus D. Johnson to a three-year term on the State Bar’s California Commission on Access to Justice.
Johnson, 33, a deputy district attorney in the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, is a member of the Strike Team, which handles Oakland’s most violent and repeat offenders.
In 2012, she was named by The Recorder as one of their 50 lawyers on the “Fast Track” for California. In 2010, she was recognized by the National Bar Association as one of the “Nation’s Best Advocates, 40 Under 40.”
“Venus is a dedicated public servant who is committed to the fair and equal administration of justice,” said Harris. “She will be a great asset to the Commission and to the cause of improving access to justice throughout California.”
Johnson graduated from Loyola Marymount University and received her law degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.
““I look forward to working with my fellow commissioners to ensure that all Californians, irrespective of their economic status, have equal access to our civil justice system,” she said.
The California Commission on Access to Justice was established to explore ways to improve access to civil justice for Californians living on low- and moderate-incomes. Ithe 26-member commission is comprised of lawyers and judges, as well as academic, business, labor and community leaders.
The commission was instrumental in establishing the $10 million Equal Access Fund for civil legal services to the indigent and works closely with the Judicial Council to improve access to the courts.