Joe Johnson

Newark NJ

Civilian Complaint Review Board

Joe Johnson is a policy attorney for the ACLU-NJ living in Newark, N.J. In this role, Mr. Johnson provides the ACLU-NJ with legal analysis on relevant present day policy issues, with a focus on racial justice. He has argued before the New Jersey Supreme Court and testified in front of numerous legislative committees. 


Prior to joining the ACLU-NJ, Mr. Johnson graduated from Georgetown University Law Center.  While at Georgetown Law, Mr. Johnson focused his studies on racial justices issues and the history of civil rights and the law, and interned with the United States Commission on Civil Rights, the Racial Justice Project at the National ACLU, and worked as a student attorney at the Civil Rights Clinic where he was the student lead on a police misconduct case. In these roles, Mr. Johnson also worked with Maryland state legislators to push for police accountability and with officers from the Metropolitan Police Department to discuss the intersection of urban gentrification and policing. 


Prior to attending law school, Mr. Johnson received his undergraduate degree from Monmouth University, where he was captain of the football team.