Professor of Law
Director, Bronfein Family Law Clinic
Co-Director, Center on Applied Feminism
John and Frances Angelos Law Center, Room 422
Administrative Assistant: Terry Berk
John and Frances Angelos Law Center, Room 207
B.A., Dartmouth College, 1987
J.D., cum laude, order of the coif, University of Wisconsin Law School, 1993
Areas of Expertise
Clinical Legal Theory
Feminist Legal Theory
Johnson joined the faculty in 2006. Her scholarship focuses on issues relating to domestic violence, property, feminist legal theory and clinical legal education, and her articles have been published in the U.C. Davis Law Review, the B.Y.U. Law Review, Cardozo Law Review, and the Temple Law Review, among others. She is co-author of the book Lawyers, Clients & Narrative: A Framework for Law Students and Practitioners. Professor Johnson was a Visiting Professor at Georgetown University Law School during the 2012-2013 academic year. Prior to joining the UB faculty, Johnson directed the Domestic Violence Clinic and taught Property and Sex-Based Discrimination at the Washington College of Law, American University; was an employment discrimination litigator, with a special focus on sexual harassment law, at the D.C. firms of Terris, Pravlik & Wagner, Kalijarvi, Chuzi & Newman and the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights; was a Georgetown Women's Law and Public Policy Fellow; clerked for the Hon. Hector M. Laffitte in the United States District Court, District of Puerto Rico; and served as articles editor for the Wisconsin Law Review.
Johnson directs the Bronfein Family Law Clinic, where students represent clients in litigation and systemic advocacy relating to domestic violence and other family law issues. She also teaches Family Law, Property Law, and Special Topics in Applied Feminism and is co-director of the Center on Applied Feminism, which applies the insights of feminist legal theory to legal practice and policy. She has held several leadership roles in the clinical legal education community including Co-President of the Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA), Chair of the Planning Committee, American Association of Law Schools Section on Clinical Legal Education 2014 Conference, and on the Planning Committee for the 2016 Conference. She has also had a leadership role in many feminist organizations and projects, including the Advisory Panel for the Feminist Judgments book series and the Board of Directors of the Women’s Law Center of Maryland. Johnson has received several awards and recognitions, including the 2017 UB Law Outstanding Teaching by a Full-Time Faculty Member award; being named among the Top 25 Women Professors in Maryland in 2013, the 2012 USM Board of Regents' Faculty Award for Public Service, and Professor of the Year by the UB Women's Bar Association in 2011 and 2008. Johnson is a member of the bars of the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia.
Lawyers, Clients & Narrative: A Framework for Law Students and Practitioners (Carolina Academic Press 2017) (co-authored with Carolyn Grose).
Teaching Lawyers, Clients & Narrative: A Framework For Law Students And Practitioners (Carolina Academic Press 2017) (co-authored with Carolyn Grose).
Law Review Articles and Book Chapters
Menstrual Justice, U.C. Davis L. Rev. (forthcoming 2019).
Commentary: Oncale v. Sundowner Offshore Svcs., Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Opinions of the United States Supreme Court (Cambridge Univ. 2016)
A Home with Dignity: Domestic Violence and Property Rights , 1 BYU L. Rev. 1(2014).
Teaching Social Justice Lawyering: Systematically Integrating Community Legal Education into Law School Clinics , 18 Clinical L. Rev. 401 (2012)(co-author).
Balancing Liberty, Dignity and Safety: The Impact of Domestic Violence Lethality Screening , 32 Cardozo L. Rev. 519 (2010)
Redefining Harm, Reimagining Remedies and Reclaiming Domestic Violence Law , 42 UC Davis L. Rev. 1107 (2009).
Avoiding Harm Otherwise: Reframing Women Employees' Responses to the Harms of Sexual Harassment , 80 Temp. L. Rev. 743 (2007).
An Experiment in Integrating Critical Theory and Clinical Education , 13 Am. U.J. Gender Soc. Pol'y & L. 161 (2005).
A Unified Approach to Causation in Disparate Treatment Cases: Using Sexual Harassment by Supervisors as the Causal Nexus for the Discriminatory Motivating Factor in Mixed Motive Cases, 1993 Wis. L. Rev. 231 (1993).
Only 1 in 4 Women Who Have Been Sexually Harassed Tell Their Employers. Here's Why They're Afraid. The Conversation (June 5, 2018), https://theconversation.com/only-1-in-4-women-who-have-been-sexually-harassed-tell-their-employers-heres-why-theyre-afraid-97436 .
Feminist Judgments & #MeToo, 94 Notre Dame L. Rev. Online 51 (2018) (symposium).
An Examination of the Lethality Assessment Program (LAP): Perspectives on Implementation, Help-seeking, and Victim Empowerment, Violence Against Women (forthcoming 2019) (coauthor with Tara N. Richards, Ph.D., Lane Kirkland Gillespie, Ph.D., and Katherine Kafonek, M.S.).
Gender and LGBTQ Rights in a Trump Presidency, Commentary, http://scholarworks.law.ubalt.edu/lawandtrump/ (Jan. 20, 2017).
Security, Converge! – Panel on Intersections of Gender, Economic, Racial and Indigenous (In) Justice, Security, 5 U. Miami R.S.J.L. Rev. 357 (2014) (symposium).
Symposium Dialogue: Keynote Speaker Senator Barbara Mikulski, 42 U. Balt. L. Rev. 211 (2013)(Moderated by Professor Margaret E. Johnson).
Foreword: Applying Feminism Globally , 41 U. Balt. L. Rev. 217 (2012).
' Having it Our Way: Women in Maryland's Workplace Circa 2027 ' Foreward. 1 MD L.J. Race, Religion, Gender & Class 1 (2010).
Feminist Legal Theory and Gender Justice Issues
- Presenter, Menstrual Justice, Menstrual Equity Activism: The Ground on Which We All Stand, 21st Annual Women’s History Conference, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY, March 2, 2019.
- Presenter, Menstrual Justice, FRD Talk, University of Baltimore School of Law, Baltimore, MD, November 1, 2018.
- Presenter, Menstrual Justice, Southern Clinical Conference, University of South Carolina School of Law, Columbia, South Carolina, October 19, 2018.
Clinical and Other Pedagogy, including Narrative Theory
- Co-Presenter, Lawyers, Clients & Narrative, Georgetown University law Center, Washington, D.C., January 25, 2019.
- Presenter, Lawyers, Clients & Narrative, Southern Clinical Conference, University of South Carolina School of Law, Columbia, South Carolina, October 19, 2018.
- Presenter, Lawyers, Clients & Narrative, New York Clinical Theory Workshop, New York Law School, New York, NY, September 21, 2018.