09 Sep 2019

Civics Classes Get Lesson On Constitution From Judge Donald Johnson

On Friday, September 6, 2019, Judge Donald Johnson of the 19th JDC in Baton Rouge, visited CHS for a Constitution Day presentation to social studies classes. Students from Coach Tim Waller, Coach Dale Weiner and Coach Caleb Williamson’s American History and Civics I classes, listened to Judge Johnson speak about the 232nd anniversary of the passage of the Constitution of the United States. Topics included the struggle to pass the Constitution, how the interpretation of the document has changed over the years and what it means in our world today.

Judge Donald R. Johnson is a lifelong resident of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In 1977, he graduated from Southern University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. In 1982, he earned his Juris Doctor degree from Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert School of Law.

Immediately after graduation, he worked as an Assistant District Attorney with the East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney’s Office. During this period, he opened a private law office until his election to the City Court of Baton Rouge in 1999. In 2006, he was elected to the 19th Judicial District Court where he has served on all divisions of court. Currently, he serves on Criminal, Traffic, Drug Treatment, and the Pretrial Release Court.

At the end of the presentation, each student received their own pocket sized copy of the United States Constitution.