This Lawyer’s Life: Karla Johnson, Family Law and Impact Litigation

This Lawyer’s Life · Karla Johnson: Family Law and Impact Litigation

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In this episode of This Lawyer’s Life we meet Karla Johnson, a Senior Staff Attorney at Mobilization for Justice. Karla started at MFJ ten years ago as a volunteer while completing a dual degree in law and public health. She gives us a day in the life of a public interest attorney as well as the long-term goals that she brings to the work. Karla talked about some of the human skills that she deploys in her delicate, family law work – empathy, listening, compassion – and how they make her more impactful. Karla has plenty of insight to share about steering herself towards opportunity – e.g. a Shriver Center for Racial Justice fellowship – and about being an effective mid-career leader.

Tune in to hear more about:

  • A day in the life of a public interest lawyer
  • Some of Karla’s most profound successes and challenges working in family law and impact litigation
  • How Karla balances decisions about what is best for winning her cases with decisions about what is best for her clients as human beings
  • How a seasoned public interest attorney builds DEI principles into her work and remains open to learning about new viewpoints in the DEI space

Access a transcript of this episode here: https://bit.ly/3Hr8NGk