Arkansas Association of Women Lawyers (AAWL)
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What Does Access Really Mean in Arkansas
Speaker: Amy Johnson
Mrs. Amy Johnson is the Executive Director for Access to Justice Commission and Foundation. Amy is an attorney, nonprofit executive, and community leader who focuses her efforts on empowering low-income families to overcome systemic barriers that cause and perpetuate poverty. As the Arkansas Access to Justice Commission’s Executive Director, she coordinates statewide efforts to ensure that all Arkansans have access to the civil court system to seek redress for legal issues affecting basic human needs. Amy also staffs the Arkansas Access to Justice Foundation and Arkansas IOLTA Program, which engage in resource development and grantmaking initiatives to support the objective of increasing access to justice. She currently serves on the board of directors for the National Association of IOLTA Programs.
In addition to her work in the legal sector, Amy is an advocate for initiatives that promote health. She is a founding board member of Harmony Health Clinic, a free health clinic that serves low-income uninsured residents of Pulaski County. She also serves on the board of the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care and and as a consumer representative for the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative Workgroup. Amy previously served on the boards of Little Rock Community Mental Health Center, Reach Out and Read Arkansas, and as Vice Chairperson and inaugural member of the Arkansas Commission for the Newborn Umbilical Cord Blood Initiative. In 2012, she was one of ten national recipients of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Health Leaders Award.
Amy also serves as a member of the Arkansas Women's Leadership Forum, the Board of Trustees of First United Methodist Church Little Rock, and the Arkansas Bar Association’s House of Delegates. She chairs the Arkansas United Methodist Conference Board of Trustees and the Arkansas Bar Association's Paralegal Committee and is an ex officio member of the Gertrude Remmel Butler Child Development Center Council, which she chaired for two years.
Amy earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Hendrix College, where she graduated cum laude with distinction. In 2002, she earned her Juris Doctorate with high honors from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law. Amy has been recognized as a Hendrix College Distinguished Young Alumna (2010), a recipient of the KARK Community Service Award (2012), a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Health Leader (2012), a recipient of the Arkansas Bar Association's Lawyer Community Legacy Award (2013), and the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law’s Outstanding Alumna for Public Service (2013).
Amy is married to State Senator David Johnson and they have three daughters.
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