Norma Holloway Johnson

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Norma Johnson
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia
In office
March 19, 1997 – June 18, 2001
Preceded by John Penn
Succeeded by Thomas Hogan
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia
In office
May 12, 1980 – June 18, 2001
Appointed by Jimmy Carter
Preceded by George Hart
Succeeded by Richard Leon
Personal details
Born (1932-07-28)July 28, 1932
Lake Charles, Louisiana, U.S.
Died September 18, 2011(2011-09-18) (aged 79)
Lake Charles, Louisiana, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Alma mater University of the District of Columbia
Georgetown University

Norma Holloway Johnson (July 28, 1932 – September 18, 2011), born Normalie Loyce Holloway, was a United States federal judge, and the first African-American woman to serve as a US District Court Chief Judge.

Biography[edit]

Born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, she received a B.S. from District of Columbia Teachers College in 1955 and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1962. She was in private practice in Washington, D.C. in 1963. She was a Trial attorney of Civil Division, U.S. Department of Justice from 1963 to 1967. She was an Assistant corporation counsel, Washington, D.C. from 1967 to 1970. She was a judge on the District of Columbia Superior Court from 1970 to 1980. Judge Johnson was nominated by President Jimmy Carter on February 28, 1980, to a seat vacated by George L. Hart. She was confirmed by the United States Senate on May 9, 1980, and received commission on May 12, 1980.[citation needed]

Johnson ruled on Kenneth Starr's probe of the Clinton administration.[1] She also cited Rita Lavelle for contempt of court and sentenced her to prison.[citation needed] She served as chief judge, 1997-2001. She assumed senior status on June 18, 2001. Johnson served in that capacity until December 31, 2003, due to retirement.

Johnson died Sunday, September 18, 2011, at her brother's home in her native Lake Charles, following a stroke. She was 79 years old.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cohen, Adam; Viveca Novak (1998-03-16). "The Nonsense Stops Here". TIME. 151 (N°10): 30. Retrieved 2009-06-17. 
  2. ^ New York Times obituary for Norma Holloway Johnson

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Legal offices
Preceded by
George Hart
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia
1980–2001
Succeeded by
Richard Leon
Preceded by
John Penn
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia
1997–2001
Succeeded by
Thomas Hogan