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Community Involvement

Mr. Johnson has taught Sunday School to children at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Dieguito. He has also served on the Board of Directors for that congregation as well as other organizations. including the University of San Diego School of Law, Law Alumni Association [Immediate Past President], and Na Koa Kai, a youth organization teaching children Hawaiian culture and outrigger canoeing.  He is also certified by USA Rugby as a Level 200 rugby coach, and he serves as an assistant coach for the Point Loma High rugby team. He leads a yearly reading of the Declaration of Independence  to celebrate the 4th of July.

His legal community involvement includes the following:

  • Vice-Chair  the U.S. Sentencing Commission for the Practitioners Advisory Group [2016-present]
  • Ninth Circuit Representative to the U.S. Sentencing Commission for the Practitioners Advisory Group [2015-2016]
  • Criminal Justice Act Advisory Committee, Southern District of California; Chair [2014-present]
  • Magistrate Selection Committee, Southern District of California [2013; 2015]
  • University of San Diego School of Law, Law Alumni Board of Directors [2008-present]; President  [2015-present]
  • American Bar Association, Chairman, Solo & Small Firm Committee, Criminal Justice Section [2000-2006]); Member, Defense Function Committee [1996-2001]
  • San Diego Criminal Defense Bar Association, Board of Directors [1996-2001]; President [2001-2002]
  • San Diego Criminal Defense Lawyers Club
  • Criminal Justice Act Panel, Representative to Southern District of California [2006 – present]
  • Attorney Representative, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal [2001-2005]
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • San Diego Bar Association