Michele Johnson

Michele Johnson

  • Hosted by Tennessee Justice Center
  • Service location Nashville, Tennessee
  • Law school University of Tennessee College of Law
  • Issue area Health Care
  • Fellowship class year 1996
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship
  • Current location Nashville

The Project

Michele’s Fellowship focused on helping families of children with special health care needs navigate the health care system, and providing legal representation to families that were unable to access the services their doctor said they needed due to an HMO denial.

What’s next?

In 2014, Michele became the executive director of the Tennessee Justice Center. Michele serves on the Board of Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services and is on the St. Thomas Mission and Advocacy Committee. She has previously served and led boards including Tennessee Voices for Children, Nashville Bar Association Board of Directors, and the Tennessee Hemophilia and Bleeding Disorders Foundation.

Michele is the winner of the 1999 Child Advocacy Award of the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. She was the Lawyer’s Association for Women 2016 Nashville ATHENA Award nominee and Tennessee Alliance for Progress Long Haul award winner. Tennessee Voices for Children has also recognized her work by awarding her a Lifetime Achievement Award for advocacy. In 2015, The Tennessee Bar Association recognized Michele as the Ashley Wiltshire Public Interest Attorney of the Year.


Tennessee Becomes First State to Embrace Block Grants for Medicaid Funding

A conversation with Michele Johnson, Tenn. Justice Center

GOP leaders: Economy helped remove 128,000 kids from TennCare rolls

Finding A Doctor Who Will Take TennCare May Get A Little Easier

Tennessee Justice Center Names Johnson to Succeed Bonnyman as Executive Director

Tennessee becomes first state with a plan to turn Medicaid into a block grant

Your investment in this nerdy, naïve kid from Tennessee has enabled me to have a lasting and powerful impact on Tennesseans throughout our beautiful state.

Michele Johnson /
Equal Justice Works Fellow

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