Miranda B. Johnson
Miranda Johnson is a clinical professor of law and the director of the Education Law and Policy Institute. In this role, she works closely with Dean Michael Kaufman to effectuate the Institute’s goals in the areas of curriculum development, research and outreach, and educational advocacy. She teaches the Education Law Practicum and other educational law courses. She also supervises law students in the representation of parents and students in school discipline and special education cases. She has presented at national conferences and training programs in Illinois on prevention-oriented approaches to reduce the use of exclusionary school discipline practices. Her expertise and analysis on education law and policy issues has been featured in various media, including WBEZ, Chicago Tribune, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and The Hill.
Prior to assuming her current position, Professor Johnson served as associate director of the Education Law and Policy Institute and as the Salisbury clinical teaching fellow in Loyola’s Civitas ChildLaw Clinic.
Before joining Loyola, Miranda worked as a staff attorney at Advocates for Children of New York (AFC), an organization promoting access to quality educational services for New York City school children. At AFC, Miranda represented parents of students with disabilities in administrative proceedings to obtain appropriate educational services. She also represented parents and students in federal class action lawsuits to remedy systemic legal violations with respect to education in New York City.
Miranda completed a joint law and policy degree program, obtaining a JD, magna cum laude, from New York University School of Law and a Master in Public Affairs from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. At NYU, Miranda received a William and Mary Sterling Scholarship as part of the Root-Tilden-Kern Scholarship program for public interest students. While in law school and graduate school, she worked for a variety of organizations, including Human Rights Watch, UNICEF and the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative (NESRI). She also co-led a project for the Kenyan Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and the UNICEF-Kenya Country Office to apply a human rights-based framework to primary education.
Upon graduation from law school, Miranda completed a federal court clerkship for the Honorable Allyne R. Ross in the Eastern District of New York.
Prior to law school, Miranda was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to conduct research for one year on small-scale women’s income generating groups in Tanzania. She subsequently worked in Tanzania for two additional years as a program officer on gender and development issues. Before working in Tanzania, Miranda taught social studies at a residential high school serving students who had not succeeded in traditional settings.
When she graduated from NYU, Miranda received the Butler Memorial Award for unusual distinction in scholarship, character and professional activities. In 2002, Dartmouth College honored her with the Martin Luther King Jr. Social Justice Award for alumni.
A.B., magna cum laude, Dartmouth College, 1997
M.P.A., Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, 2006
J.D., magna cum laude, New York University School of Law, 2006
Professional & Community Affiliations
Member, Attorney General’s Advisory Committee on Special Education and the Sub-Committee on School to Prison Pipeline (January 2015 – present)
Member, Education Advisory Committee, Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc. (March 2013 – present)
Member, School Discipline Working Group (February 2012 – present)
Legal Issues in Student Discipline
Co-author (with Dr. Pamela Fenning), Developing Prevention-Oriented Discipline Codes of Conduct, 36 Children's Legal Rights Journal 107-36 (2016), available at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2835549.
Reviewer and Contributor, Manual for Representing Children at Chicago Public Schools Expulsion Hearings. Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc. (Jan. 2012).
Co-author (with Andrew Egan, et. al), Free To Learn: A Rights Based Approach to Universal Primary Education in Kenya (Feb. 2006), available at http://fieldmarshamfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/tumblr/References/Princeton%20Education%20Report%20Kenya%202006.pdf
Book Review, European Conquest and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Paul Keal, in New York University Journal of International Law and Politics, Vol. 26: 653, 2004.
Co-author (with Aggripina Mosha), Promoting Women's Access to Politics and Decision-making: The Role of TGNP and Other Advocacy Groups in the 2000 General Elections in Tanzania. Dar es Salaam: TGNP, 2004. Available at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2284331.
Co-author (with Mary Rusimbi), “Key Strategies and Tools Adopted to Take Forward the Gender Budget Initiative (GBI) in Tanzania” in Gender Budget Analysis in Tanzania 1997-2000. Dar es Salaam: TGNP, 2003.
Co-author (with Deus Kibamba), “Governance and Civil Society Interventions in Land Reform Processes in Tanzania” in Land Research Paper Series. Harare: MWENGO, 2003.
Trainings, Conferences, and Presentations
Co-Presenter (with Dr. Pamela Fenning and Michelle Rappaport), “Illinois Discipline Legislation and the Role of School Social Workers: The ‘Building Bridges’ Program and an Illinois Model Code of Conduct as Effective Tools” (October 28, 2016). Illinois Association of School Social Workers 2016 Annual Conference, entitled “Champions of Positive Change: The Adventures of School Social Workers,” Lisle, Illinois.
Moderator, “The Color of Education Roundtable” (October 6, 2016). The Cradle, Chicago, Illinois.
Co-presenter (with Kathleen Hirsman), “Bridging the Divide: Building Collaborations Between Doctrinal and Clinical Faculty to Expand Experiential Learning Opportunities” (October 1, 2016). Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) 2016 Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois.
Presenter, “School Discipline and SB 100,” (September 16, 2016). Training for Intensive Probation Services of the Juvenile Court of Cook County, organized by the Loyola University Chicago School of Education, Chicago, Illinois.
Facilitator, Education and Juvenile Law Working Group (April 30-May 3, 2016). 39th Annual Conference on Clinical Legal Education, “Clinics and Communities: Exploring Community Engagement Through Clinical Education,” Baltimore, Maryland.
Presenter (as part of a training team certified by the Illinois State Board of Education), “School Discipline Reform: Strategies for Systemic Change,” Administrators’ Academy #1717 (March 14, 2016 – present). Presented in multiple venues across the state.
Co-Presenter (with Jacqueline Wernz and Steven Glink), “School Discipline From A-Z” (Mar. 2, 2016). Chicago Bar Association/Young Lawyers Section Education Law Committee Seminar.
Co-Presenter (with Dr. Pamela Fenning and Donald Sibley), “Illinois’ New Discipline Reform Laws: What School Psychologists MUST Know” (January 28, 2016). Illinois School Psychologists Association Spring Convention, Springfield, IL.
Co-Presenter (with Candace Moore), “Illinois’ New Discipline Reform Law” (January 13, 2016). Prevent School Violence Illinois seminar entitled “Beyond the Personnel Handbook: A Workshop on Key School Policies for School Climate Transformation.
Co-Presenter (with Dr. Pamela Fenning), “Changing the Landscape of Discipline: Illinois’ New Discipline Reform Law and Prevention-Oriented Approaches to Student Misbehavior” (January 7, 2016). Continuing Legal Education seminar sponsored by the DuPage County Bar Association, Wheaton, Illinois.
Moderator, “School-based Responses to Adverse Childhood Experiences,” (November 10, 2016). Panel discussion following screening of the film Paper Tigers by the Illinois ACE Response Collaborative, Chicago, Illinois.
Co-Presenter (with Dr. Pamela Fenning), “Developing Prevention-Oriented Discipline Codes of Conduct” (November 5, 2015). Education Law Association conference in Cleveland, Ohio.
Co-Presenter (with Candace Moore), “Implementing Disciplinary Reforms: Suggested Next Steps” (September 14, 2015). Presentation for staff of middle schools involved in the Communities Aligning for School Transformation (CAST) Project, Cicero, Illinois.
Facilitator (with Jenessy Rodriguez), “Education: Fostering Supportive and Encouraging Academic Environments” (March 13, 2015). Working group in 2015 Midwest Regional Summit on Adverse Childhood Experiences: Building Partnerships Across Generations for Healthy Futures, Chicago, Illinois.
Co-Presenter (with Dr. Pamela Fenning), “Developing Prevention-Oriented Written Discipline Policies” (February 19, 2015). Practitioner Conversation Session at the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) Annual Conference 2015, Orlando, Florida.
Co-Presenter (with Dr. Pamela Fenning et al.), “Applied Psychology and Educational Disparities” (January 21, 2015). Event organized by the Loyola University Chicago School of Education, Chicago, Illinois.
Moderator, “Policy Reform and Charter Schools” (October 17, 2014). Conference entitled “Discipline in Schools: Moving Beyond Zero Tolerance” presented by the Loyola University Chicago School of Law Children’s Legal Rights Journal.
Co-Presenter (with Kathleen Hirsman), “School Discipline: Moving Beyond Zero Tolerance" (June 24, 2014). Webinar for the ChildLaw Center’s Master in Jurisprudence program.
Moderator, “Navigating a Charter School’s Legal Obligations When Disciplining Special Education Students” (December 2, 2013). Panel Presentation for the Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS) Statewide Conference.
Co-Presenter (with Rachel Shapiro et al.), “School Discipline and School-Related Issues in Sentencing” (March 21, 2012). Training for the Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender, Juvenile Justice Division.
Moderator, “Breaking Barriers: Education” (February 24, 2012). Panel presented as part of the 2012 Norman Amaker Public Interest Law and Social Justice Retreat.
Co-Presenter (with Monica Mahan et al.), “Representing Students at Chicago Public Schools Expulsion Hearings” (January 11, 2012). Training for pro bono attorneys organized by the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
Moderator, “Special Education and Discipline” (November 2, 2011). Conference entitled “Special Education in Charter Schools: Challenges and Opportunities” presented by the Loyola University Chicago School of Law ChildLaw and Education Institute.
Moderator, “Moving Forward: Illinois Approaches to Legislation, Education and Prevention (October 29, 2010). Conference entitled “Cyberbullying and Sexting” presented by the Loyola University Chicago School of Law Children’s Legal Rights Journal.