Kellie Johnson

Enforcement Chief, Public Ethics Commission

Kellie Johnson joined the Commission as Enforcement Chief in February 2019 after working seven years as an Assistant Disciplinary Counsel with the Oregon State Bar investigating and enforcing ethics compliance by attorneys regulated by the State Bar. During that time, she was among the first African American women to argue before the Oregon Supreme Court. For thirteen years before joining the Oregon State Bar's Disciplinary Counsel's Office, Ms. Johnson was a prosecutor with the District Attorney’s Offices in Multnomah County and Lane County, Oregon, specializing in domestic violence and gang-related crimes.

Ms. Johnson is a national, state, and local lecturer on criminal law, trial practice, and lawyer ethics to numerous bar associations, law enforcement agencies, and community groups. She is a former instructor for the National District Attorneys Association National Advocacy Center in South Carolina and was a regular presenter for the American Bar Association Center for Professional Responsibility. In 2007, Ms. Johnson was recognized with the Women of Excellence Social Justice award in 2007 and was the 2016 recipient of the Oregon Women Lawyers Judge Mercedes Diez Award, which annually recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to promoting minorities in the legal profession and in the community. Ms. Johnson also received the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award from her alma mater, Humboldt State University.

Ms. Johnson graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. in Political Science from Humboldt State University and achieved a special certification in the political geography of China after attending Guangxi University as an exchange student. She has a J.D. from the University of Oregon Law School, and she served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Pierre Van Rysselberghe in Lane County Circuit Court.

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