California ChangeLawyers

California ChangeLawyers (formerly California Bar Foundation) is a statewide foundation that empowers the next generation of lawyers, judges, & activists.

Daniel Johnson

UCLA Law

3L Scholar

Scholarship co-sponsored by

California Association of Black Lawyers

Daniel is a ChangeLawyer dedicated to working as an advocate who empowers clients to find agency within the legal system. As a victim of police abuse, he understands the difficulty of seeking legal help and believing in the power of legal actions. It was his experience of feeling powerless against a systemic actor which pushes him to focus on centering disenfranchised clients within the legal process. He uses his own experience to shape how he relates to clients and to uplift client and community voices as valuable contributions to the legal system. Daniel has focused his efforts on supporting communities affected by historic harm. At UCLA School of Law, he was the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the National Black Law Journal, which focuses on the intersection of race, the law, and Black communities. He was also the Co-Chair of the Race, Work, and Economic Justice Clinic in which volunteers work with the Los Angeles Black Worker Center and Legal Aid at Work to provide support and legal advice for workers suffering from workplace discrimination. He spent his law school summers working for the UCLA Law Criminal Justice Program on bail reform and juvenile justice reform and advocating for indigent clients at the Riverside County Public Defender’s Office.

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