Racial Disparity Practice Group
Racial Disparity Practice Group Mission:
- Localize the racial disparity issue in communities by sharing information about disparity with judges, prosecutors, and law enforcement;
- Educate the public and stakeholders on the prevalence and effect of racial disparity in our justice system;
- Create opportunities for the public to participate in efforts to eradicate racial disparity in our justice system;
- Position the issue so that it is a topic of discussion until racial disparity in our justice system is eradicated;
- Partner with individuals, associations, groups, etc. to work on this issue and accomplish the above listed goals.
Practice Group Coordinator
Margaret Johnson is dedicated to justice for all. Margaret is the Racial Disparity Practice Coordinator for the Wisconsin Public Defender’s Office (SPD). Margaret assesses the presence of racial disparity in criminal justice systems and puts together the plan for addressing the disparity. Margaret has presented on issues surrounding Racial Disparity including the soon to be presented Race Circles. Margaret has been published in the Wisconsin Bar Association’s Juvenile Law Handbook. She has been honored as a Top Up-And-Coming WI Attorney in Super Lawyers and Milwaukee Magazine and as a member of the Rubin Society of the SPD for her work with children. Margaret is currently in dissertator status working towards a PhD in Urban Studies from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. At Marquette University, Margaret completed her Jurist Doctor and Master of Arts in Public Service with an Administration of Justice Specialization. She is the Attorney Manager and practices in the Racine Trial Office, where she is a member of the Second Judicial District’s Veterans Court. Margaret enjoys coaching the Marquette University Undergraduate Mock Trial Team and is a Master Rated Figure Skating coach.
Margaret was the recipient of the SPD's 2016 Chiarkas Award: