Johnson joins law school leadership

Whit Pruitt, University Relations

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FAYETTEVILLE, Arkansas — Dean Cynthia Nance and the University of Arkansas Law School and staff welcome Greneda Johnson to the school’s administrative team. Johnson joined the school as director of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging on July 11. She will be responsible for the development, coordination, and administrative oversight of programs designed to promote diversity within the law school community and ensure equity and inclusion for all constituents of the school. . She will also serve as the primary liaison with the school’s 31 student organizations.

“We are thrilled to have Greneda returning to law school as part of our leadership team,” Nance said. “The experience, dedication and knowledge she brings from her legal career and her experiences here as a law student will enable her to be very effective in this role.”

More recently, Johnson served as voluntarily director of Legal Aid of Arkansas, an organization dedicated to championing equal justice for low-income people and communities. She has also worked as a specialty attorney or attorney for Arkansas Legal Aid and the Arkansas Department of Social Services. At ADHS, she researched state and federal laws related to current legal issues and advised managers on issues affecting the agency in addition to preparing legal briefs, motions, and other pleadings to support the day-to-day work of the agency. Johnson’s first legal position was as a licensing and compliance law clerk at Walmart.

A native of Fort Smith, Johnson is a two-time graduate of the University of Arkansas. In 2004, she received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Legal Studies from the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, and she graduated in 2007 from law school. Johnson is passionate about encouraging others and improving diversity in the legal profession. In 2019, she, along with fellow 2007 law school graduates Cornelius Boone, Tea’ Boone, Efrem Neely, and Angela Wilson, established and funded a scholarship to encourage various students to choose law as a profession. The scholarship will be awarded for the third time this fall. Johnson was also an active alumnus who supported the school by mentoring students and coordinating alumni activities.

About the School of Law: The law school offers a competitive JD as well as an advanced LL.M. curriculum, which are taught by nationally recognized faculty. The school offers unique opportunities for students to participate in pro bono work, internships, live client clinics, competitions, and food and agriculture initiatives. The school strives to identify, discuss and challenge issues of race, color, ethnicity and the impact(s) they have on students, faculty and staff members to create a diverse, inclusive and equitable community. From admitting the six pioneers who were the first African-American students to attend law school in the South without a court order to graduating governors, judges, prosecutors and professors who became President of the United States and Secretary of State, Law The school has a rich history and culture. Follow us on @uarklaw.

Donald E. Patel