News Release ~ 08/27/2013

Knoxville, Tenn., Attorney Stephen Ross Johnson Elected to Board of Directors of Nation’s Criminal Defense Bar

Washington, DC (August 27, 2013) – Knoxville, Tennessee, attorney Stephen Ross Johnson was sworn in as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) at the Association’s 56th annual meeting in San Francisco, California, on July 27.

Johnson has been a dedicated member of NACDL for many years and has served as a member of NACDL’s White Collar Crime and Federal Sentencing Committees. Johnson has also participated in the researching and drafting of amicus briefs on behalf of NACDL. He is a Past President of the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, serves as Associate General Counsel for the Tennessee Bar Association and chaired its Criminal Justice Section for three years, chairs the technology committee of the Knoxville Bar Association, and is on faculty with the Tennessee Criminal Defense College.

Johnson currently practices criminal defense at Ritchie, Dillard, Davies & Johnson, P.C. in Knoxville, Tennessee. His work there focuses on defense of cases involving white collar offenses, major felonies, and other serious matters in both federal and state courts. He has argued or briefed cases before the Supreme Court of the United States, the Supreme Court of Tennessee and several United States Courts of Appeals and federal district courts. He also works as an adjunct professor with the University of Tennessee College of Law, where he is engaged with the Innocence and Wrongful Convictions Clinic.

Johnson earned his bachelor’s degree from Carson-Newman University, a master’s degree in economics from the University of Glasgow, Scotland, and his law degree with honors from the University of Tennessee College of Law. Mr. Johnson is a graduate of the National Criminal Defense College in Macon, Georgia.

The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers is the preeminent organization advancing the mission of the criminal defense bar to ensure justice and due process for persons accused of crime or wrongdoing. A professional bar association founded in 1958, NACDL's approximately 10,000 direct members in 28 countries – and 90 state, provincial and local affiliate organizations totaling up to 40,000 attorneys – include private criminal defense lawyers, public defenders, military defense counsel, law professors and judges committed to preserving fairness and promoting a rational and humane criminal justice system.

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