A member of the state’s highest court will speak at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 26, in the Washburn Tech Conference Center at 5724 SW Huntoon. Kansas Supreme Court Justice Lee A. Johnson will address students, instructors and staff on the U.S. Constitution, the role of the court in interpreting it and guaranteed rights.
Justice Johnson’s visit is part of Washburn Tech’s observance of Constitution Day, which is an American federal observance that recognizes the adoption of the U.S. Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens. It is normally observed on Sept. 17, the day the document was signed in 1787.
A native of Caldwell, Kan., Justice Johnson received a degree in business administration from the University of Kansas. He then served two years active duty in the U.S. Army, Corps of Engineers, attaining the rank of sergeant, E-5. In 1977, he entered Washburn University School of Law and graduated summa cum laude in December 1979. Upon graduation, Johnson practiced law in his hometown. In 2001, he began serving on the Kansas Court of Appeals and then was appointed in 2007 to the Kansas Supreme Court, where his liaison assignments have included various children and family committees as well as the district magistrate judges’ executive committee.