Honorable Glenn T. Johnson
Justice Glenn T. Johnson was born in Washington, Arkansas, July 19, 1917. He attended elementary and high school in Washington, Hope and Hot Springs, Arkansas. Justice Johnson earned the degrees of Bachelor of Science in education from Wilberforce University, Xenia, Ohio and Juries Doctor and Master of Laws from the John Marshall Law School of Chicago. He is a graduate of the National College of State Trial Judges and completed the Appellate Court Judges’ Seminar at the New York University School of Law.
Justice Johnson received honorary degrees from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Arkansas Baptist College, Wilberforce University and the John Marshall Law School.
For seven years Justice Johnson served as Assistant Attorney General of Illinois and three years as senior attorney for the Metropolitan Sanitary District of Greater Chicago. He was elected associate judge of circuit court of Cook County in 1966, and was elected a full circuit court judge in 1968 where he served until 1973. On April 2, 1973, Justice Johnson was sworn in as a justice of the Appellate Court of Illinois for the First Division where he served until his retirement, December 5, 1994. Justice Johnson was the second African-American to serve on the Illinois Appellate Court.
Before retiring, Justice Glenn T. Johnson served 30 years as a judge with 21 years on the appellate level. During that time, Justice Johnson hired over 21 law clerks, 19 of whom were African-American. Justice Johnson hired more African-American law clerks than any Illinois Appellate Court Justice. On April 25, 2004 the Black Law Students Association of the John Marshall Law School in recognition of Justice Johnson’s continued support named its chapter The Honorable Glenn T. Johnson Chapter of the Black Law Students Association of the John Marshall Law School.
Justice Johnson holds membership in the National, American, Illinois, Cook County and Chicago Bar Associations; Illinois Judges Association and a fellow of the Illinois Bar Association. He is past president of the Cook County Bar Association and past chairman of the Judicial Council of the National Bar Association.
Justice Johnson was a member of the World Association of Judges. He attended meetings in Abidjan on the coast of West Africa; San Carlos, Brazil; Manila in the Philippines; Seoul, Korea; Madrid, Spain; and Cairo, Egypt.