BiosJudge Pam Johnson
Unity Day Human Service Commissioner
Judge Pamela Taylor Johnson was born the seventh of ten children to Mr. Prince and Annie Taylor in Magnolia, Mississippi. Judge Johnson is married to Ambassador Ernest L. Johnson, Esq. and is the proud mother of two children. Her children are Ernest Lloyd (Ernie) and Taylor Leigh-Anna.
In 1976 she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi. Judge Johnson entered Law School at Southern University Law Center in 1976, after graduation she entered into the practice of Law. Early in her legal career, Judge Johnson was admitted to practice before the Louisiana Federal District Courts, Federal Appellate Courts and admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. Judge Johnson held many positions as a practicing attorney, including but not limited to Managing Attorney, Staff Attorney, General Counsel Louisiana Department of Education, General Counsel NAACP Louisiana State Conference, and Co-Counsel on the case Clark vs. Edwards, resulting in the election of African American being elected in the state of Louisiana, and Adjunct
In 1994, Judge Johnson was elected as Judge, Juvenile Court East Baton Rouge Parish to fill an unexpired term. In 1996, she was re-elected for a second term of office. In 2002 she was elected to a third term and in 2008 she was re-elected for a fourth term in office. Judge Pamela Taylor Johnson has dedicated her life to helping children through service and her love for the law. When Judge Johnson initially stood for election she pledged to make children a priority and she has worked in the best interest of children. To accomplish these goals, she instituted the first mentoring program for juveniles in the Juvenile Court system. Seeing scores of children were not in school Judge Johnson, with the help of other elected officials, public servants, and community leaders came together to establish an alternative school, “Academy 2000.”
In 1995, Judge Johnson organized the Juvenile Justice Community Task Force and as a result of Judge Johnson’s leadership, the first Juvenile Drug Court Program in the State was established providing treatment services regardless of income. Judge Johnson was also instrumental in establishing a Boy Scout Program for juveniles within the Juvenile Court System.
Judge Johnson has always worked to uplift people and her community; in keeping with that commitment Judge Johnson gave local attorneys an opportunity to serve as Judge Ad Hoc for her. Judge Johnson further provided opportunities for attorneys to serve as faculty on continuing legal education programs that were planned by Judge Johnson.
Just as Judge Johnson’s career choice impacts the health and education of our children, her civic endeavors demonstrates a similar commitment. Judge Johnson serves and have served on numerous boards and committees on a National, State and Local level.
Judge Johnson is a member of several Bar Associations, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Life member NAACP, Jackson State University Alumni Association, Church Point Ministries and many other civic and community organizations.
Judge Pamela Taylor Johnson draws wisdom and fortitude from all of her experiences as a parent, wife, community member, and advocate for children causes. It is a rich compilation of these attributes that makes Judge Pamela Taylor Johnson uniquely qualified and suited as Judge.