Ivy Johnson is a staff attorney at SCSJ and works primarily in the Criminal Justice section but does some work for Voting Rights as well. She grew up in Brooklyn and earned her B.A. in Government and French from Wesleyan University in Connecticut, but has been moving further and further south since. Before law school she worked at an energy and environmental lobbying firm in D.C. She then went on to earn her J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law. While at UNC she was a member of the Honor Board, the Pro-Bono Coordinator for the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund, a student attorney with the Youth Justice Clinic, and was on staff for Volume 94 of the North Carolina Law Review and wrote about the rights (or lack thereof) of transgender inmates in prison.
During law school, she participated in over 100 hours of pro bono legal work and went on several pro bono trips to the western part of the state where she helped clients obtain expunctions and divorces, and helped with other pro se legal work. She always knew she wanted to do work in the area of criminal justice reform, but it was her pro bono work and time with the Youth Justice Clinic that lead her to SCSJ. Ivy graduated law school in 2017 and has been at SCSJ ever since.