About Amy Dunn Johnson, Candidate for Circuit Judge

Amy Dunn Johnson possesses experience in both the private and public sectors, and as a legal advocate for clients ranging from large corporations to individuals without the resources to pay for legal representation. Johnson is currently the Executive Director for the Arkansas Access to Justice Commission and Arkansas Access to Justice Foundation, a position she has held for the past ten years. There she works tirelessly to help low-income Arkansans with their civil legal needs through policy initiatives, resource development, public education, and legislative advocacy.

During her time at the Arkansas Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, Johnson served as the Deputy Reporter of Decisions where she edited and revised court opinions in preparation for publication and provided technical assistance to court staff.

Johnson previously worked as an associate at Kutak Rock LLP, where she provided legal counsel to nonprofit and for-profit health care clients, including hospitals, pharmacies, therapy providers, long term care, and mental health providers. Prior to that, Johnson was an associate at Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard, P.L.L.C., where her practice focused on health care issues such as Medicare, Medicaid, long term care, and mental health.

Over the course of her career, she has provided pro bono help to dozens of families in securing guardianships for adult family members with developmental disabilities and serious mental illnesses.

Johnson graduated cum laude from Hendrix College with a BA in Psychology, and she received a Juris Doctor with highest honors from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law.

Johnson is actively involved in our community and works to make it a better place for our all families. Johnson is a board member for the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care and Community Legal Access, and she is serving on the steering committee of the UA Little Rock Bowen School of Law Racial Disparities Project. In 2007, she co-founded Harmony Health Clinic, where she served as a board officer until 2013. She is a former trustee for the Arkansas United Methodist Conference and the First United Methodist Church Board of Trustees, a past board member of Gertrude Remmel Butler Child Development Center, and a former member of the Little Rock Community Mental Health Center Board.

Amy Dunn Johnson has been recognized as a Hendrix College Distinguished Young Alumna (2010), as one of ten national recipients of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Health Leader Award in 2012, as a recipient of the Arkansas Bar Association’s Lawyer Community Legacy Award (2013), as UALR William H. Bowen School of Law’s Outstanding Alumna for Public Service (2013) and Alumna of the Decade (2016), The Marie Interfaith Civil Leadership Award (2015), and the Justice Annabelle Imber Tuck Distinguished Woman of the Year Award (2019).

Johnson lives in Little Rock with her three daughters and is a member of First United Methodist Church.