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Society and Law Forum Scheduled this Thursday


Society and Law Forum Scheduled this Thursday

 

Charles A. Johnson, presiding judge of the Oklahoma Court of Appeals, will be the guest speaker during the Fall 2009 Society and Law Forum Oct. 22 at 3 p.m. in Station 82, in the basement of the USAO Student Center. The event is free and open to the public.


The forum is sponsored by the USAO sociology department, Pi Gamma Mu Honor Society and the USAO Sociology Club. Johnson will speak on Judicial Reform and the Oklahoma Judicial System.

Johnson was first appointed to the bench in 1989 by Governor Henry Bellmon. He is serving a six-year term in the Court of Appeals. He represents the Second Judicial District in Oklahoma.

Johnson received his bachelor's and LLB degrees from the University of Oklahoma. He started his practice in Pawhuska. He later moved to Ponca City, where he was a senior law partner with two firms. He served as the past president of the Kay County Bar Association.

He was active in the U.S. Air Force and the Air Force Reserves. He retired from the Air Force as a colonel, having received the Distinguished Service Medal and the Legion of Merit Award.

Johnson was selected as one of three Outstanding Young Oklahomans by the Oklahoma Junior Chamber of Commerce and as the 1993 Appellate Judge of the Year by the Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association. He served on the board or as president of the Ponca City Chamber of Commerce, YMCA, Kay Guidance Association, Boy Scouts, United Fund and other civic organizations.

He has served as vice-presiding judge and presiding judge on the Court of Criminal Appeals. He is a member of the American and Oklahoma Bar Associations.

Johnson and his wife Janis have three children.

The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals is the highest court in Oklahoma with appellate jurisdiction in criminal cases. It is the state court of last resort in criminal matters.

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Judge Charles A. Johnson will be the special speaker during the Fall 2009 Society and Law Forum Oct. 22 at 3 p.m. in Station 82, in the basement of the USAO Student Center. The event is free and open to the public. Johnson is the presiding judge of the Oklahoma Court of Appeals.