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Johnson is the New SBM Representative Assembly Chair

9/17/09

Elizabeth M. Johnson

Elizabeth M. Johnson of Plymouth has been sworn in as the chair of the State Bar of Michigan Representative Assembly for 2009-2010. The chief justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, Marilyn Kelly, officiated at the afternoon ceremony, during SBM's Annual Meeting at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Dearborn on Thursday, Sept. 17.

The 150-member Representative Assembly is the final policy-making body of the State Bar of Michigan. It was created in 1971 by the Supreme Court of Michigan at the request of SBM's Board of Commissioners in order to increase geographical representation and member participation in SBM policy.

Johnson was elected to the RA in 2002, representing the Third Judicial Circuit. She served as Assembly Review Committee chair from 2005-2006, and as Nominations and Awards Committee chair from 2006-2007. From 2007-2008, she served as the RA's clerk, and from 2008-2009, she served as its vice-chair, as well as its liaison for SBM's Local Bar Liaison Committee, on the Bar Leadership Forum, and on the Presidents-Elect Conference. She is currently a member of SBM's Board of Commissioners and the SBM Executive Committee.

Johnson has a private practice in Plymouth, Michigan, where she concentrates on general civil and criminal law, with an emphasis in estate planning, real estate, and employment discrimination. She received her BA in political science from Kalamazoo College, and her JD from Loyola University School of Law. She is past president of the Suburban Bar Association of Western Wayne County, served as a law day volunteer for the 35th District Court, and as an attorney coach in the high school mock trial competition.

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