Statesboro’s Francys Johnson was appointed to serve a three-year term as a member of the Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism.

Johnson is a bi-vocational civil rights lawyer and pastor serving Magnolia Missionary Baptist Church of Statesboro and Mount Moriah Baptist Church of Pembroke.

The Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism, the first body of its kind in the nation, was created in 1989 by the Georgia Supreme Court with the primary charge to enhance professionalism among Georgia’s lawyers.  Chaired by Chief Justice Harold Melton and composed of representatives of the bar, judiciary, law schools, and the public, the Commission provides ongoing attention and assistance to the task of assuring that the practice of law remains a high calling, enlisted in the service of the client and the public good.

“I will use my time striving to improve the profession of the law so that it better serves all people,” said Francys Johnson reacting to the appointment.

Johnson practices criminal and civil law in the state and federal courts in Georgia from his office on Main Street in downtown Statesboro. A graduate of Georgia Southern University and The University of Georgia School of Law, Johnson is Chairman of the New Georgia Project, a transformational civic engagement organization founded by Stacey Abrams responsible for defeating voter suppression and advancing progressive values in the public policy. Previously, Johnson was President of the Georgia NAACP, this state’s oldest and largest civil rights organization.   He is a recognized thought-leader on voting rights having testified before Congress; lecturing across the country and writing on the other subjects including race, measuring equity, and understandings of power in public policy.  He is a Member-at-Large of the Board of Governors for the State Bar representing lawyers across the state.

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