Johnsonhttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/People/DispForm.aspx?ID=25JohnsonGreg JohnsonDirector of the Legal Writing ProgramProfessor of Law<img alt="" src="http://www-assets.vermontlaw.edu/Assets/directories/people/Johnson_Greg.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />JD, Notre Dame Law School, 1985AB, Cornell University, 1982802-831-1284GJOHNSON@vermontlaw.edu<div>Professor Greg Johnson is an expert in legal writing, sexual orientation and the law, and appellate advocacy. The courses he has taught at Vermont Law School include Legal Writing, Appellate Advocacy, Dispute Resolution, and Sexual Orientation and the Law.</div><div><br>Professor Johnson earned an AB degree from Cornell University in 1982 and a JD degree from Notre Dame Law School in 1985. Upon graduation from law school, he clerked with the Alaska Superior Court and served as staff attorney with the U.S. Department of Labor in New Orleans. He was a legal research and writing instructor at St. Louis University School of Law from 1987 to 1988 and at the University of Oregon School of Law from 1988 to 1992. He served as law clerk with the Alaska Supreme Court from 1992 to 1993 and from 1995 to 1996 and as senior court counsel with the Supreme Court of the Republic of Palau from 1993 to 1995. In 1996, he became an associate specializing in Native Alaskan law with the firm of Middleton & Timme in Anchorage. Professor Johnson served as special counsel to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Palau from 1997 to 2007. He joined the Vermont Law School faculty in 1997. He has made numerous presentations across the nation on lesbian and gay civil rights issues. He testified before both houses of the Vermont Legislature when it considered the civil unions bill in 2000 and the landmark marriage equality bill in 2009.</div>GP0|#c00f1373-6972-4683-94d8-b119f7f6521a;L0|#0c00f1373-6972-4683-94d8-b119f7f6521a|Legal Writing;GTSet|#d472df4a-bfc1-44e1-aba0-d9d3ce47ddf9;GP0|#b02b13f7-6f04-4b98-94ff-c17b2ae2524d;L0|#0b02b13f7-6f04-4b98-94ff-c17b2ae2524d|Appellate Advocacy;GP0|#2b0cac3b-2e12-409e-b259-003e410a2426;L0|#02b0cac3b-2e12-409e-b259-003e410a2426|Sexual Orientation and the LawGP0|#84094f35-8eaa-4481-b414-8bc4beec3f97;L0|#084094f35-8eaa-4481-b414-8bc4beec3f97|Faculty;GTSet|#f56df0fa-9bdb-4e22-abac-ddf5f696a71d;GPP|#d56ffc52-3a80-49e2-95fd-f49b2d4639a1Appellate Advocacy; Independent Research Project; Legal Writing and Analysis I; Legal Writing II: Theory and Practice; Sexual Orientation

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              Credibility in Advocacy: Humility as the First Stephttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/Accomplishments Activities/DispForm.aspx?ID=2773Credibility in Advocacy: Humility as the First Step<div class="ExternalClass289138BA42554CD0B328AF27C0F73578"> <em>Credibility in Advocacy: Humility as the First Step</em>, 39 Vermont Bar J. 22 (2013). </div>2773PublicationArticle
              Spiralling Into Control: Appreciating the Groundbreaking Legal Writing Pedagogy of Professor Mary S. Lawrencehttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/Accomplishments Activities/DispForm.aspx?ID=2774Spiralling Into Control: Appreciating the Groundbreaking Legal Writing Pedagogy of Professor Mary S. Lawrence<div class="ExternalClassC1639F6EAF634732A3BDC86B11FA1A49"> ​<em>Spiralling Into Control: Appreciating the Groundbreaking Legal Writing Pedagogy of Professor Mary S. Lawrence</em>, 91 Oregon Law Review Online 1 (2012).​ </div>2774PublicationArticle
              We've Heard this Before: The Legacy of Interracial Marriage Bans and the Implications for Today's Marriage Equality Debateshttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/Accomplishments Activities/DispForm.aspx?ID=856We've Heard this Before: The Legacy of Interracial Marriage Bans and the Implications for Today's Marriage Equality Debates<div class="ExternalClass2DB7EA1CA4CC4512A7B27189FB6717A6"> ​<em>We've Heard this Before: The Legacy of Interracial Marriage Bans and the Implications for Today's Marriage Equality Debates</em>, ​34 Vt. L. Rev. 277 (2009). </div>856PublicationArticle
              May It Please the Classroom: Using Pending United States Supreme Court Cases to Teach Appellate Advocacy and Persuasive Writinghttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/Accomplishments Activities/DispForm.aspx?ID=2775May It Please the Classroom: Using Pending United States Supreme Court Cases to Teach Appellate Advocacy and Persuasive Writing<div class="ExternalClass46A5FE34A2864527B8BC6009AB3CF3F6"><p>​<em>May It Please the Classroom: Using Pending United States Supreme Court Cases to Teach Appellate Advocacy and Persuasive Writing</em>, 12 The Scribes Journal of Legal Writing 99 (2009)</p></div>2775PublicationArticle
              Controversial Issues in the Legal Writing Classroom: Risks and Rewardshttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/Accomplishments Activities/DispForm.aspx?ID=852Controversial Issues in the Legal Writing Classroom: Risks and Rewards<div class="ExternalClassDAF2D62F232A4356965FEA4CD9D0A465"> ​"Controversial Issues in the Legal Writing Classroom: Risks and Rewards," <em>16 Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing 12</em> (2007). </div>852PublicationArticle
              Civil Union: A Reappraisalhttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/Accomplishments Activities/DispForm.aspx?ID=851Civil Union: A Reappraisal<div class="ExternalClass5A16FA12ED5F43C99DB20C2CCAE23ECE"> "Civil Union: A Reappraisal," in <em>Defending Same-Sex Marriage</em> (Mark Strasser, ed. Praeger 2007).​ </div>851PublicationChapter
              Series of essays for the On-Line Gay/Lesbian Encyclopediahttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/Accomplishments Activities/DispForm.aspx?ID=865Series of essays for the On-Line Gay/Lesbian Encyclopedia<div class="ExternalClass5051BD99EDE24F3884D140F23965B6F9"> ​Series of essays for the On-Line Gay/Lesbian Encyclopedia, ​including: <em>Same-Sex Marriage</em>;<em>Vermont Civil Union</em>; <em>Workplace Discrimination</em>; <em>Anti-Discrimination Statutes and Ordinances</em>; and <em>Romer v. Evans</em>. </div>865PublicationCommentary
              Vermont Civil Unions: A Success Storyhttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/Accomplishments Activities/DispForm.aspx?ID=853Vermont Civil Unions: A Success Story<div class="ExternalClass24F50FCE75704EF28F0497C2E8FE9E68"> "Vermont Civil Unions: A Success Story," in <em>Marriage and Same-Sex Unions, A Debate</em>​, (Lynn Wardle, David Coolidge, and Mark Strasser, eds.) (Praeger 2003). </div>853PublicationChapter
              In Praise of Civil Unionshttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/Accomplishments Activities/DispForm.aspx?ID=862In Praise of Civil Unions<div class="ExternalClassE014903DA5D345C8A4CD7EE766C49302"> ​<em>In Praise of Civil Unions, </em>30 Capital University Law Review 315 (2002). </div>862PublicationArticle
              Making History in Vermonthttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/Accomplishments Activities/DispForm.aspx?ID=863Making History in Vermont<div class="ExternalClassD2404CD5E1384392BE769DEBC7477052"> <em>Making History in Vermont</em>, Loquitur, Vol. 15, No. 2, (Spring 2000), 12. </div>863PublicationCommentary
              Vermont Civil Unions: The New Language of Marriagehttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/Accomplishments Activities/DispForm.aspx?ID=864Vermont Civil Unions: The New Language of Marriage<div class="ExternalClass605A9CB88C4345DA964893715B638349"> <em>Vermont Civil Unions: The New Language of Marriage</em>, 25 Vt. L. Rev. 16 (2000).​​ </div>864PublicationArticle

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              Career Paths in LGBT Civil Rights Lawhttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/Accomplishments Activities/DispForm.aspx?ID=824Career Paths in LGBT Civil Rights Law<div class="ExternalClassD62BE6DB94C44C98AEA39C60C48D843E"> ​"Career Paths in LGBT Civil Rights Law," Dartmouth Law Journal Panel on Public Law, Hanover, New Hampshire, February 2012.​ </div>824Presentation
              Don't Ask/Don't Tell Is No More!http://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/Accomplishments Activities/DispForm.aspx?ID=825Don't Ask/Don't Tell Is No More!<div class="ExternalClassCCB12BA8F9EB42DBA70C1DBF0C306F1B"> ​"Don't Ask/Don't Tell Is No More!," Panel/Celebration, Vermont Law School, September 2011.​ </div>825Presentation
              Panelist, Symposium on Feminist Legal Theoryhttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/Accomplishments Activities/DispForm.aspx?ID=826Panelist, Symposium on Feminist Legal Theory<div class="ExternalClass51E79E0679C444E68808F6B9C19DCCFF"> ​"Panelist, Symposium on Feminist Legal Theory," Southeast Legal Writing Conference, Mercer Law School, Macon, Georgia, April 2011.​ </div>826Presentation
              Bringing the United States Supreme Court Bar to a New England Village: Vermont Law School's Annual Appellate Advocacy Panelhttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/Accomplishments Activities/DispForm.aspx?ID=827Bringing the United States Supreme Court Bar to a New England Village: Vermont Law School's Annual Appellate Advocacy Panel<div class="ExternalClass250EDCFF1F6642AEA4D512172FCDC1D0"> "Bringing the United States Supreme Court Bar to a New England Village: Vermont Law School's Annual Appellate Advocacy Panel", Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference, University of Nevada-Las Vegas Law School, Las Vegas, Nevada, March 2011.​ </div>827Presentation
              The Letter or the Spirit of the Law? Differing Approaches to Second-Parent Adoption Among Courts in the United Stateshttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/Accomplishments Activities/DispForm.aspx?ID=828The Letter or the Spirit of the Law? Differing Approaches to Second-Parent Adoption Among Courts in the United States<div class="ExternalClass2F3958D884C146BBAC357226F434B16A"> "The Letter or the Spirit of the Law? Differing Approaches to Second-Parent Adoption Among Courts in the United States," Cross-Border Conference on LGBT Civil Rights, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, November 2010.​ </div>828Presentation
              Lost In Translation: The Limits of Metaphor in Legal Writinghttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/Accomplishments Activities/DispForm.aspx?ID=829Lost In Translation: The Limits of Metaphor in Legal Writing<div class="ExternalClass1EDB169816CC4F4E8C2775A949FDD8DF"> ​"Lost In Translation: The Limits of Metaphor in Legal Writing,"​ Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference, University of Arizona Law School, Tucson, Arizona, March 2010. </div>829Presentation
              In Defense of Vermont Law School's Position on Military Recruitinghttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/Accomplishments Activities/DispForm.aspx?ID=830In Defense of Vermont Law School's Position on Military Recruiting<div class="ExternalClassF7406D23F4944FDC93A5E8723CD06B67"> ​"In Defense of Vermont Law School's Position on Military Recruiting", Solomon Amendment Panel Discussion, Vermont Law School, March 2010.​ </div>830Presentation
              Finding a New and Dynamic Framework for Legal Writing Assignments in the Apprenticeship Traditionhttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/Accomplishments Activities/DispForm.aspx?ID=831Finding a New and Dynamic Framework for Legal Writing Assignments in the Apprenticeship Tradition<div class="ExternalClass91BE72FFCD694FC4BCEFCFCB4B2FE3B0"> "Finding a New and Dynamic Framework for Legal Writing Assignments in the Apprenticeship Tradition,"​ Southeast Legal Writing Conference, Stetson University Law School, Gulfport, Florida, September 2009. </div>831Presentation
              Recycling a Master: Lessons from Mary Lawrence's Groundbreaking Legal Writing Pedagogyhttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/Accomplishments Activities/DispForm.aspx?ID=832Recycling a Master: Lessons from Mary Lawrence's Groundbreaking Legal Writing Pedagogy<div class="ExternalClass9F1DABD335CE41F68FFE113D53095BB5"> ​"Recycling a Master: Lessons from Mary Lawrence's Groundbreaking Legal Writing Pedagogy", Northwest Legal Writing Conference, Lewis and Clark Law School, Portland, Oregon, August 2009.​ </div>832Presentation
              Credibility in Persuasive Writing: Humility as the First Stephttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/Accomplishments Activities/DispForm.aspx?ID=833Credibility in Persuasive Writing: Humility as the First Step<div class="ExternalClass4027D8349A0745189F5255230A7F6351"> ​"Credibility in Persuasive Writing: Humility as the First Step,"​ Association of Legal Writing Directors Biennial Conference, University of Missouri-Kansas City Law School, Kansas City, Missouri, July 2009. </div>833Presentation
              We've Heard This Before: The Legacy of Interracial Marriage Bans and the Implications for Today's Marriage Equality Debateshttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/Accomplishments Activities/DispForm.aspx?ID=834We've Heard This Before: The Legacy of Interracial Marriage Bans and the Implications for Today's Marriage Equality Debates<div class="ExternalClassECC1ED12A5684FD292DDBBC2BB548AAC"> "We've Heard This Before: The Legacy of Interracial Marriage Bans and the Implications for Today's Marriage Equality Debates", Dartmouth College Law Day Symposium​, Hanover, New Hampshire, April 2009.​ </div>834Presentation
              Centering Sexual Orientation in the Legal Writing Curriculumhttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/Accomplishments Activities/DispForm.aspx?ID=836Centering Sexual Orientation in the Legal Writing Curriculum<div class="ExternalClass2EA6318E0838400C9A4B59D0F5E6E2EA"> ​"Centering Sexual Orientation in the Legal Writing Curriculum", AALS Annual Meeting, Section on Legal Research, Legal Writing, and Moot Court, San Diego, California, January 2009.​ </div>836Presentation
              Interstate Recognition of Civil Union and Same-sex Marriagehttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/Accomplishments Activities/DispForm.aspx?ID=837Interstate Recognition of Civil Union and Same-sex Marriage<div class="ExternalClassDF1BD5ABA45740678CBF2C05B8887FC6"> ​"Interstate Recognition of Civil Union and Same-sex Marriage," National Conference of State Legislatures, Annual Convention, New Orleans, La. (July 2008).​ </div>837Presentation
              Meet the New Boss: Reflections on the Growing Trend Towards Directorless Legal Writing Programshttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/Accomplishments Activities/DispForm.aspx?ID=838Meet the New Boss: Reflections on the Growing Trend Towards Directorless Legal Writing Programs<div class="ExternalClassB24F402BCA7C4097BC1EC611081219D1"> ​"Meet the New Boss: Reflections on the Growing Trend Towards Directorless Legal Writing Programs," New England Consortium of Legal Writing Teachers​ Annual Conference, Vermont Law School (December 2007). </div>838Presentation
              The Merits of Clerking for State Courtshttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/Accomplishments Activities/DispForm.aspx?ID=841The Merits of Clerking for State Courts<div class="ExternalClassBDE07DAA282C404AA58EC7619D99EB69"> ​"The Merits of Clerking for State Courts," Judicial Clerkship Panel, Vermont Law School (September 2007).​ </div>841Presentation
              May It Please the Classroom: Using Pending Supreme Court Cases to Teach Persuasive Writing and Appellate Advocacyhttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/Accomplishments Activities/DispForm.aspx?ID=840May It Please the Classroom: Using Pending Supreme Court Cases to Teach Persuasive Writing and Appellate Advocacy<div class="ExternalClass001B436B9CD149FE94EDDA9DDF45E386"> ​"May It Please the Classroom: Using Pending Supreme Court Cases to Teach Persuasive Writing and Appellate Advocacy," Association of Legal Writing Directors, Biennial Conference, Denver, Colo. (June 2007).​ </div>840Presentation
              Civil Union: A Reappraisalhttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/Accomplishments Activities/DispForm.aspx?ID=842Civil Union: A Reappraisal<div class="ExternalClass670812E706974C3B8528830D55D78A80"> ​"Civil Union: A Reappraisal," Forum for International Scholars, Woodstock, Vt. (September 2006).​ </div>842Presentation
              The Future of Gay Rightshttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/Accomplishments Activities/DispForm.aspx?ID=843The Future of Gay Rights<div class="ExternalClass5D388F6E06DF4069B95820D288069D8C"> "The Future of Gay Rights," Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government (December 2005).​ </div>843Presentation
              Using Pending Supreme Court Cases to Teach Appellatehttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/Accomplishments Activities/DispForm.aspx?ID=844Using Pending Supreme Court Cases to Teach Appellate<div class="ExternalClassB6A05BCEAD984BA7B43BC09B8E2469A6"> ​"Using Pending Supreme Court Cases to Teach Appellate Advocacy," Boston Legal Writing Conference (December 2002).​ </div>844Presentation
              Sexual Orientation and the Lawhttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/Accomplishments Activities/DispForm.aspx?ID=845Sexual Orientation and the Law<div class="ExternalClassC907AF2768AA48AB9AECEFCCA3870F43"> ​"Sexual Orientation and the Law," University of Massachusetts, Amherst (March 1999).​ </div>845Presentation
              The State of the Gay Rights Movementhttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/Accomplishments Activities/DispForm.aspx?ID=846The State of the Gay Rights Movement<div class="ExternalClass07DBCD12BC1A427FA3BD87F15CDF9A2A"> ​"The State of the Gay Rights Movement," VLS Sexual Orientation and the Law Conference (March 1999).​ </div>846Presentation
              Alaska's Same-Sex Marriage Casehttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/Accomplishments Activities/DispForm.aspx?ID=847Alaska's Same-Sex Marriage Case<div class="ExternalClass18D55BD32C114B6397B00513C1DE0D0F"><p>​"Alaska's Same-Sex Marriage Case," Freedom to Marry Conference, Harvard Law School (February 1999).</p></div>847Presentation

              Awards & Accomplishments

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              Adjunct Professor, American College in Londonhttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/Accomplishments Activities/DispForm.aspx?ID=876Adjunct Professor, American College in London<div class="ExternalClassF76C2E762FA44C8ABC70DEB1D558F4CE"><p>​Adjunct Professor, American College in London, 1983.</p></div>876Affiliation
              Associate, specializing in Native Alaskan lawhttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/Accomplishments Activities/DispForm.aspx?ID=871Associate, specializing in Native Alaskan law<div class="ExternalClassE0103F17C74C4C23987683463E0A84C5"><p>​Associate, specializing in Native Alaskan law, Middleton and Timme, Anchorage, 1996–97.</p></div>871Affiliation
              Instructor, legal research and writinghttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/Accomplishments Activities/DispForm.aspx?ID=874Instructor, legal research and writing<div class="ExternalClass157CC819B8744563ADB5277C40AD020E"><p>​Instructor, legal research and writing, Saint Louis University School of Law, 1987–88, and University of Oregon School of Law, 1988–92.</p></div>874Affiliation
              Law Clerk, Alaska Superior Courthttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/Accomplishments Activities/DispForm.aspx?ID=872Law Clerk, Alaska Superior Court<div class="ExternalClassD8EE21E8FFC34CCBBC63C286E05240EA"><p>​Law Clerk, Alaska Superior Court, 1985–86, and Alaska Supreme Court, 1992–93, and 1995–96.</p></div>872Affiliation
              Senior Court Counsel, Supreme Court of the Republic of Palauhttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/Accomplishments Activities/DispForm.aspx?ID=873Senior Court Counsel, Supreme Court of the Republic of Palau<div class="ExternalClass67C7C20E73D045C09C89B18F92D57A61"><p>​Senior Court Counsel, Supreme Court of the Republic of Palau, 1993–95; chief adviser to court system of newly independent country.</p></div>873Affiliation
              Special Counsel to Chief Justicehttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/Accomplishments Activities/DispForm.aspx?ID=870Special Counsel to Chief Justice<div class="ExternalClass4DE7007830D24129AC014BD00A91EB4C"><p>​Special Counsel to Chief Justice, Supreme Court of the Republic of Palau, since 1997.</p></div>870Affiliation
              Staff Attorney, US Department of Laborhttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/Accomplishments Activities/DispForm.aspx?ID=875Staff Attorney, US Department of Labor<div class="ExternalClassACD715FE516943E3BC4448EEA6E1CA12"><p>​Staff Attorney, US Department of Labor, New Orleans, 1986–87.</p></div>875Affiliation
              Teaching at VLShttp://portal.vermontlaw.edu/Metacatalogs/Lists/Accomplishments Activities/DispForm.aspx?ID=866Teaching at VLS<div class="ExternalClass4201DD1A5B844684AB5C1DD9A0A033F4"><p>​Professor at Vermont Law School since 1997.</p></div>866Affiliation