Dean's Medal, Justice Charles W. Johnson '76
Justice Charles W. Johnson ’76 is the longest serving justice on the Washington state supreme court, having served since January 1991. Throughout his career, he’s stayed active at the Seattle University School of Law. As an adjunct professor from 1995-2010, he taught a comprehensive seminar on state constitutional law, as well as courses on the federal constitution, legal writing, oral advocacy and brief writing. He currently serves as a Distinguished Jurist in Residence.
Justice Johnson is widely recognized for his commitment to legal education, winning the 2012 John J. McAulay Legal Educator Award. He lectures throughout the state at law schools, universities, colleges and high schools. Collaborating with Seattle University law students, he wrote a comprehensive article and search and seizure law in 1998 and 2005.
An active participant in both professional and community organizations, Justice Johnson has served as co-chair of the Washington State Minority and Justice Commission since 1994, and he co-chaired the 2004 Task Force on Civil Equal Justice Funding. He received a special commendation from the Washington State Bar Association's Committee on Legal Services to the Armed Forces for his outstanding service and contribution to the Armed Forces stationed in Washington State in 2002.