Bar News - May 17, 2002
Michael Johnson to Address FPLC Grads
FORMER MERRIMACK COUNTY Attorney Michael Th. Johnson, who is working at The Hague as a prosecutor of war crimes, will address the Franklin Pierce Law Center graduating class of 2002 at commencement exercises on Saturday, May 18. Professor Mitchell Simon was chosen by the members of the graduating class to deliver the faculty address.
At this year's graduation, Pierce Law will award 121 Juris Doctor degrees, 33 of which are joint Juris Doctor/Master of Intellectual Property degrees and one a joint Juris Doctor/Master of Education Law degree. Twenty-nine Master of Intellectual Property degrees, 54 Master of Laws in Intellectual Property degrees, and one Master of Education Law degree will also be awarded.
Johnson was appointed chief of prosecution for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in July 2001. The tribunal was established in 1993 to try those who allegedly violated international humanitarian law during the Balkan wars of the 1990s. Johnson, who will supervise trial teams, is committed to stay until the Yugoslavian war crimes prosecution is complete, including indictments against former Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic.
Prior to his appointment, Johnson, an advocate of progressive sentencing, held the position of chief law enforcement officer/prosecutor for Merrimack County from 1983 to 2001. In both 1990 and 1994, he was selected "Prosecutor of the Year" by the New Hampshire Association of Counties. In 1997, he helped to establish the International Criminal Justice Resource Center, a prosecutor's group that provides support for international war crimes prosecution and the building of domestic courts in war-torn countries. He also served as chair of the Criminal Justice Standards Committee of the American Bar Association's Criminal Justice Section. He was a member of the New Hampshire Department of Correction Advisory Board and the New Hampshire Attorney Generals' Drug Enforcement Policy Board.
FPLC commencement exercises will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Law Center, 2 White Street, Concord.