05/10: Opening Plenary
May 10, 2021 12:00 PM to 12:45 PM
Join us as we kick off the 2021 Spring Meeting featuring The Honorable Henry C. "Hank" Johnson, Jr.
Moderator: Vincent E. Garlock, AIPLA Executive Director
Keynote Speaker: The Honorable Henry C. "Hank" Johnson, Jr.
Chair, Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet, Committee on the Judiciary, United States House of Representatives (D-GA)
In his eighth term in the U.S. House of Representatives from Georgia’s Fourth Congressional District – which encompasses parts of DeKalb, Gwinnett and Newton counties and all of Rockdale County – Congressman Hank Johnson has distinguished himself as a substantive, effective lawmaker and a leading national progressive voice.
Named one of the most effective Democrats in Congress by a University of Virginia and University of Vanderbilt study, Rep. Johnson has proven his ability to get things done. From his seat on the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Johnson has introduced, co-sponsored and passed legislation to level the playing field for everyday Americans.
In 2019, Rep. Johnson was elected by his peers to lead the Judiciary Subcommittee – Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet. The subcommittee has jurisdiction over administration of U.S. Courts, federal rules of evidence, civil and appellate procedure, judicial ethics, patent, copyright and trademark law, information technology and the Internet.
Prior to taking his seat in Congress in 2006, Rep. Johnson practiced criminal defense law in Georgia for twenty-seven (27) years. He served twelve (12) years as a magistrate judge, and five (5) years as a county commissioner.
Rep. Johnson is married to DeKalb County Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson and has two adult children.