Danné L. Johnson
Constance Baker Motley Professor of Law
Securities Litigation and Enforcement
American Legal History
B.A., University of Pennsylvania
J.D., George Washington University
Professor Johnson is the Constance Baker Motley Professor of Law. She is responsible for helping students to learn the law and how to best serve the needs of their clients through listening and cultural competency.
Johnson has 17 years of experience as a professor. Her research and scholarship interests are varied. She enjoys discussion and research in the area of implicit bias. She has published articles on a variety of topics including, but not limited to, securities regulation and nonprofit organization, along with race, class and gender influences. Johnson is a sought-after speaker in the areas of nonprofit management and governance, implicit bias, race and feminism. She is a Certified Diversity Professional and has presented materials about race and implicit bias for the United Methodist Church, Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, Office of the Federal Public Defender, the Oklahoma Library Association and One Mic One Voice Temple B’nai Israel 2019 Martin Luther King Day podcast. Johnson has taught in London, China and the Cayman Islands.
Her awards include the Marian P. Opala Lifetime Achievement in the Law 2020 presented the Oklahoma City University School of Law Alumni, the Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher Award for Diversity 2019 presented by the Oklahoma City Association of Black Lawyers, and she has twice been recognized by the Journal Record as one of the “50 Making a Difference.” Johnson is an active member of the Links, Inc., a service organization for professional women where she serves as the strategic planning chairperson; Jack & Jill of America, Inc., an organization of mothers dedicated to nurturing future African American leaders where she chairs the nominations committee; The Make A Will and Financial Planning Program, an organization providing wills and estate planning materials where she works to secure law-student volunteers; and the Chi Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. On the national stage, Johnson has worked with Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., on the Sisterhood and Inclusion Committee and as a member of the Legal Advisory Council; additionally, she is past chairman of the American Association of Law Schools Section of Women in Legal Education and a past member of the Law School Admissions Council’s Legal and Finance Committee.
Prior to launching an active and fulfilling life in Oklahoma City, Johnson practiced law with MetLife from 2000-2003 where she worked to register and develop mutual funds and variable annuity policies, and from 1994 to 2000, Johnson worked for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in the Division of Enforcement in New York City, serving as a staff attorney, senior counsel and finally, as a branch chief. In the latter role, she trained, supervised and guided attorneys who were investigating violations of federal securities laws.
Johnson earned her JD from the National Law Center at George Washington University, and her BA in Afro American Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. She is licensed to practice in New York. Johnson and her spouse Reginald are the proud parents of two wonderful children Layla, 17, and Ahmad, 13. Her family serves as the motivation for all that she strives toward and is the reason for her struggle against everyday oppression.