E. Christopher Johnson Jr.
Director And Professor Of LL.M Program
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E. Christopher Johnson, Jr. joined the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in January 2009 as the director of the school’s new Corporate Law and Finance Master of Laws (LL.M.) program and has been appointed to serve as a member of Cooley’s nationally recognized Professionalism Department. Professor Johnson teaches Corporate Professional Responsibility and Advanced Corporate Transactions in the Corporate Law and Finance LL.M. program. Together with Cooley's existing master of laws programs in intellectual property and taxation, the addition of the corporate law and finance LL.M. degree makes Cooley the only American Bar Association-approved (ABA) law school in the country to offer this extraordinary package of business-related master of laws degrees. Before joining Cooley, Professor Johnson served as the General Motors North America vice president and general counsel from 2001-2008, and previously was an assistant general counsel and practice area manager on the GM Legal Staff. A former attorney search consultant (1985-1988) and an associate attorney (1981-1985) with the New York firm of Mudge Rose Guthrie Alexander & Ferdon, Professor Johnson also served in the U.S. Army from 1973 to 1978, attaining the rank of captain and receiving the Army Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service. Professor Johnson is active in numerous civic activities. He is an elder and general counsel of North Ridge Church in Plymouth, Michigan. He is also co-chair of the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Foundation, an advisory board member of the Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO), and numerous American Bar Association activities including the House of Delegates, Standards Review Committee of the Section of Legal Education; Vice Chair of the President’s Advisory Council on Diversity, a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and past chair of the Africa Law Council. He has been recognized by numerous organizations for his community and professional contributions including the American Bar Association, D. Augustus Straker Bar Association, Detroit Legal Aid Society, Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association, National Bar Association, National Black Law Students Association, Oakland County Bar Association, State Bar of Michigan, Street Law and Urban Wheels. Professor Johnson frequently speaks in the areas of diversity, professional responsibility and law school accreditation. In addition, Professor Johnson and Professor James L. Carey are co-authoring a casebook on Advanced Corporate Transactions with Donald J. Polden, Dean of Santa Clara University School of Law. Professor Johnson received his B.S. from the United States Military Academy in 1973 and his J.D., cum laude from New York Law School 1981.