Photos by Effram Hill Data News Weekly Contributor
Bernette Johnson is retiring after having a legal career spanning half a century – for the past 26 years she’s been the only Black Jurist on the Louisiana Supreme Court rising to the ranks of Chief Justice.
On January 2, 2021 family, friends and supporters came out on the steps of the Louisiana Supreme Court to celebrate the life and legacy of this giant in the legal community.
Johnson, who is 77, is past the constitutional age limit of 70 for Louisiana Judges. She will be succeeded in the 7th District by Piper Griffin, who, like Johnson, is an African American, who was once a judge at Orleans Parish Civil District Court.
Data News Weekly would like to thank Chief Justice Johnson for her years of service and blazing the trail for African American female judges.
Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette Johnson, is a giant in the legal community. Many came out to celebrate her life and legacy dedicated to service as a judge.
Justice Johnson with sister-in-law Carol Joshua.
Chief Justice Johnson standing with her daughter Judge Rachel Johnson and son David Johnson.
Chief Justice Johnson enjoying a moment with Judge Roland Belsome.
A celebration New Orleans style with members of the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club and the Mardi Gras Indians.
What is a celebration in New Orleans without a brass band. TBC (To Be Continued) was there performing as revelers celebrated in a style only found in the Crescent City.