Kristen S. Johnson is a third-year law student at the University of Missouri with curve-bending grades and a history of caring about her community. Both during and prior to her law studies she volunteered with organizations to prevent domestic violence.
What are some of your proudest career accomplishments? My legal career has been very short to date, but I would say that I am most proud of being chosen to clerk for Chief Justice Mary Rhodes Russell after I graduate. It is an honor to get the chance to work with and learn from such an influential person in the legal community.
What inspired you to get involved in the justice system? As a young person, our family had a situation in which a lawyer was needed. During that trying time for our family, I had the opportunity to see how much an attorney could help not only a family, but also a community.
What has been your favorite part of the job? I loved working for an excellent Jefferson City law firm this summer as a law clerk. I was able to observe practiced attorneys as they interacted with their clients, conducted trials, and argued before Missouri appellate courts. I enjoyed doing legal research and getting to see how that work furthered our clients’ interests.
What is something that would surprise people about you? When I’m stressed, I like to juggle! I taught most of my friends from grade school and high school how to juggle too.
What is the best advice you’ve ever given or received? My mom has always told me that as long as I gave my best, my best would always be enough. Her advice has guided me through the ups and downs of law school, and I know that it will continue to guide me through the next stages of my legal career.
When you were growing up, what did you want to be? Until I was 15, I wanted to be a dolphin trainer.