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Diversity & Inclusion 2022: Candace E. Johnson

Labor and Employment Attorney, Carmody MacDonald

Candace E. JohnsonCandace E. Johnson is inspired by the idea that the practice of law can be a more diverse field for the attorneys that will follow in her footsteps.

“I see the growth the profession is making and that also motivates me to keep going,” she said. “Finally, I am motivated by the increase in companies that are demanding diversity from the attorneys and firms that represent them.”

A member of the National Moot Court Team in law school, the Washington University graduate was a Marshall Brennan Fellow and a George and Margaret Jensen Scholar who earned a Certificate of Excellence in Oral Advocacy.

Today, Johnson advises clients on employment-related matters and human resources issues such as employee discipline and terminations, workplace investigations and state and federal legal standards. Additionally, she helps clients with employment applications and agreements, the development of policy and procedure handbooks and severance packages.

What makes you most proud of your law firm/legal practice?

I am proud of my firm’s commitment to understanding its shortcomings related to advancing diversity and its commitment to implementing steps to improve diversity in our profession.

How do you give back to your community?

Mentoring younger lawyers, law students and children in my community.

Who has most inspired you in your work for Diversity & Inclusion, and why?

Kim Norwood and Michelle Wimes (to name a few) because they are both on the ground doing the work.

What goal remains unfulfilled for you as an attorney and advocate for Diversity & Inclusion?

Increasing diversity among the leadership ranks of the profession. I think it is important to have diverse decision makers.

What must Missouri’s legal community do to promote meaningful and long-term diversity within its legal/justice system?

Continue to evaluate the numbers and proactively work to improve them. The profession should also consider increasing diversity at every step of the process (law students, summer positions, associates, partner level).

With what organizations or networking groups are you involved?

  • Louis County Bar Association, Board Member
  • Missouri State University Women in Leadership Program, Advisor
  • Justine Peterson, Young Friends Board Member

Complete this sentence:
I consider it a successful day when . . . I have helped my clients through employment issues and make it home to put my kids to bed.

Tell us something that most people don’t know about you:

I [have] a serious coffee obsession.

2022 Diversity & Inclusion Awards