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News Posted on April 25, 2012

Dean Johnson Re-elected to Serve as President of Legal Services of Northern California

Dean Kevin R. Johnson has been re-elected to the Board of Directors of Legal Services of Northern California (LSNC) and will serve again as President of the Board, a position he has held since 2003. Dean Johnson has been part of the LSNC board since 1996, and on the public service law organization's Executive Committee since 1998. 

Founded in 1956, Legal Services of Northern California operates in 23 Northern California counties, offering free legal services to low-income clients.  The organization is dedicated to identifying and defeating the causes and effects of poverty, handling as many as 30,000 cases per year and providing assistance to up to 175,000 annually across its service area.

UC Davis School of Law has long had a close relationship with LSNC. Former King Hall Dean Rex Perschbacher, whom Dean Johnson credits for spurring his involvement with Legal Services, was on the organization's Board of Directors from 1990-96. LSNC Executive Director Gary Smith has taught Public Interest Law and Public Benefits seminars at King Hall every semester for more than 15 years.  Numerous King Hall alumni work or have worked for LSNC, including  Theo Cuison '11, Oliver Ehlinger '11, Margaret Engelhardt '03, Valerie Feldman '00, Emily Fisher '04, Deborah Gettleman '09, John Gianola '90, Jennifer Haffner '04, Parisa Ijadi-Maghsoodi '10, Arthur Lipscomb '02, David Lipschutz '99, Lynn Martinez '92, Rebecca Rabovsky '10, Gary Rhoades '93, Sarah Ropelato '07, Maryam Sayyed '10, Steliana Schmidel '08, Jennifer Smith '07, John Tan '10, Liza Thantranon '10, Wankanok Usaha '97, Rogelio Villagrana '02, Amy Williams '05, Kyanna Williams '06, Stacey Wittorf '05, and Tammi Wong '03.

Kevin R. Johnson is Dean and Mabie-Apallas Professor of Public Interest Law and Chicana/o studies at UC Davis School of Law. He is an internationally recognized scholar in the fields of immigration law and policy, refugee law, and civil rights.