This year’s conference includes a special focus on Racial Justice, Diversity, and Inclusion Programming. Workshops that will address this overarching theme include [RJ] after the session title.

Lillian O. Johnson

Community Legal Services, Arizona
Executive Director
Phoenix, AZ
Lillian Johnson serves as the Executive Director of Community Legal Services, a position she has held since 1982 after relocating to Phoenix from the Chicago area.

In her position as Executive Director, Lillian is responsible for the administration and oversight of Arizona's largest nonprofit civil legal aid program, with offices in 5 counties, a budget of $7 million, and a staff of 80, including 28 attorneys.

For more than 35 years, Lillian has been a passionate advocate for equal access to justice for all and a leader in the national legal services community. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Legal Aid & Defender Association as well as several taskforces and committees, both on the national and local level, working to increase access to legal services and improve the quality of life for low and moderate income families.

In 2011, Ms. Johnson was honored as a White House Champion of Change as part of President Barack Obama's Winning the Future Initiative; it highlighted her never-dying advocacy to enhance equal access to justice for all.

In 2013, Ms. Johnson was inducted into the Maricopa County Bar Association's Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame's goal is to honor in perpetuity those remarkable individuals who have built the legal profession in this county and beyond, who have made extraordinary contributions to the law and justice, and who have distinguished themselves at the highest levels of public service.

In February of 2014, Ms. Johnson was an honoree and featured person by Phoenix Chapter of The Links, Inc., the Phoenix Chapter of Jack & Jill of America, Inc. and the Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity Inc., Gamma Mu Chapter of Phoenix. This program honors the community's most distinguished citizens in the Art of Jurisprudence.

November 2014, Ms. Johnson was honored by the William E. Morris Institute for Justice Hero Award for Access to Justice. Lillian's career-long devotion to the legal services community has been at the heart of her enormous contribution to providing equal access to justice for low-income and moderate- income families.