Joshua J. Johnson is the Tyron Garner Memorial Fellow for African American LGBT Civil Rights at Lambda Legal. Based in Lambda Legal’s Western Regional Office in Los Angeles, Johnson brings his personal interests in implicit bias, racial justice, civil liberties and human rights. Through this fellowship, Johnson is contributing to Lambda Legal’s expansion of our current work to serve more communities of color and address the intersection of LGBT discrimination and racism, sexism and poverty that affects African-American LGBT communities.
Johnson is a 2011 graduate of the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, where he received the Prosser Prize in Immigration Law. He received his B.A. magna cum laude in Spanish, Humanities and African-American Studies from Loyola Marymount University in 2006.
Before law school, Johnson completed two community service trips to the Dominican Republic, and worked as the inaugural yearlong intern (the Emilia Lechuga-Bass Civil Rights Internship) at the civil rights law firm Litt, Estuar, Harrison & Kitson, LLP. During his internship, Johnson worked extensively on a high-profile class action addressing various California police departments’ discriminatory car-towing practices.
While in law school, Johnson was selected to participate in East Bay Community Law Center’s Health Law Clinic, working for the legal and health care needs of persons affected by HIV/AIDS, including state and federal benefits applications and appeals. His activities also included the Berkeley Journal of African American Law & Policy, the Berkeley La Raza Law Journal and clerking at the Equal Justice Society in San Francisco.
Johnson has received numerous academic achievement and community service awards, including the NAACPLDF Earl Warren Civil Rights Training Scholarship, the Audre Lorde Scholarship Fund, and the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) Lloyd M. Johnson Jr. Scholarship Program.
Johnson was born and raised in Los Angeles. He is fluent in Spanish.