Profile

  • Paula C. Johnson
  • Professor of Law
  • Co-Director, Cold Case Justice Initiative
  • Education
    • University of Maryland at College Park
      B.A.
    • Temple University
      J.D.
    • Georgetown University
      LL.M.
Paula C.  Johnson

Paula C. Johnson is professor of law at Syracuse University College of Law. She currently serves as co-president of the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT), a national organization of approx. 800 law professors. She received her B.A. from the University of Maryland, College Park; her J.D. from Temple University School of Law; and her LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center. At Syracuse, she teaches criminal law, criminal procedure, voting rights, professional responsibility, and a seminar on women in the criminal justice system. She also has taught at the University of Arizona, the University of Baltimore, and Northern Illinois University.

She has written and spoken extensively on matters of race, gender and law in academic arenas, the popular press, and community forums. Her writings include the recently published book, Inner Lives: Voices of African American Women in Prison (NYU Press 2003); and book chapter, A Legal and Qualitative Study of the Relationships between Incarcerated African American Mothers and Their Children, Institute for Policy Research, (Northwestern University 2002). Her law review articles include Ad-In/Ad-Out: Deciding Victory and Defeat in Affirmative Action Legal Contestations, 66 Albany Law Review 433 (2003); Danger in the Diaspora: Law, Culture and Violence Against Women of African Descent in the United States and South Africa, 1 Univ. Iowa Journal of Gender, Race and Justice 471 (1998); The Social Construction of Identity in Criminal Cases: Cinema Verité and the Pedagogy of Vincent Chin, 1 Michigan Journal of Race and Law 347 (1996); At the Intersection of Injustice: Experiences of African American Women in Crime and Sentencing , 4 American University Journal of Gender and Law 1 (1995); and Silence Equals Death: The Response to AIDS within Communities of Color, University of Illinois Law Review 1075 (1992).

At Syracuse University, Prof. Johnson serves on a broad range of College of Law and University committees. She currently serves on the Chancellor’s Search Committee, and has served as co-chair of Sistaprof, an organization of Africana women professors at Syracuse University, and served as co-chair of the S.U. Senate’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) Concerns Committee. Her public service includes membership on the boards of the Hiscock Legal Aid Society, the Center for Community Alternatives, and the Battered Women’s Justice Project National Advisory Committee.

In 2003, she received the Unsung Heroine Award from the Syracuse University Martin Luther King, Jr. Awards Committee, and the Woman of the Year Award from the Syracuse University African American Male Congress.

She is an avid photographer, whose works have been widely exhibited. She also enjoys cycling and tennis.