J. Reuben Clark Law Society

JRCLS Member Honored with U of U Chair

Professor Christian Johnson was appointed by University of Utah President David Pershing on May 1, 2014 as the holder of The Hugh B. Brown Presidential Endowed Chair in Law.  The Chair was established in 1977 to honor and celebrate the life of Hugh B. Brown, a General Authority of the LDS Church, jurist, military officer, and businessman.  Elder Marvin J. Ashton chaired the successful fund raising effort.  The Hugh B. Brown Chair memorializes Elder Brown as a man whose life exemplified humanitarian service and receptivity to ideas from all sources.  Appointed to the Brown chair are individuals whose professional lives express “principled morality, humanity, high scholarly attainment, teaching excellence, and commitment to the search for truth.”  Former holders of the chair include Professor John Flynn and former Law School Dean Hiram Chodosh. 
Christian Johnson has been a law professor at the University of Utah for six years and was recently the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.  He was previously a law professor at Loyola University Chicago for 13 years.  While at Loyola, he was an academic consultant for two years for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.  Professor Johnson received his law degree from Columbia Law School where he was executive editor of the Columbia Law Review and a Harlan Fisk Stone Scholar.  He received his Masters and Honors B.A. in accounting from the University of Utah where he was recognized as the top accounting student in his senior year.  He was an associate for Milbank, Tweed in New York and Mayer, Brown, in Chicago.  He was also a CPA for Price Waterhouse.
Professor Johnson speaks and writes frequently on legal issues involving the global financial crisis and capital markets, having written or co-written eight books and monographs and over 50 articles, book chapters, and book reviews on these topics.  He has testified before the U.S. Congress on reforms to the U.S. financial market.  
By Amber Brown

Posted: July 9, 2014