Lisa A. Hall Johnson
Administrative Judge, Prince George’s County District Court
Lisa A. Hall Johnson was enjoying a successful career as a lawyer working in large, national law firms and specializing in complex multi-district litigation and policyholder-side insurance coverage. Then she got a call from then-Governor Martin O’Malley that would change her life.
He appointed her to the Prince George’s County District Court in 2013. Just a few years later, she was named Administrative Judge — the youngest currently in the state. The position allows her to hear cases but also handle the administrative responsibilities for one of the largest districts in the state.
Women are speaking up and being heard. How can you help make a difference for women or help women come together?
It is not enough to speak up, although it is an important first step, real progress is made through action and supporting others when they speak up. We must strive to create environments where other women feel comfortable speaking up, addressing inequalities, and fighting against what is unjust.
Shirley Chisolm famously said “if they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” I say, bring enough chairs so that people with diverse perspectives can sit beside you as well. If you are going to crash the party, you might as well bring an entourage. It is no longer enough to make our own way, we must pave the path so that others can accompany us and follow behind us. Keeping in mind that there is also extreme power and freedom, in creating our own “table.” Finding our own forum, procedure, process, or outlet.