Lisa Johnson

In addition to being an adjunct professor and Director of the Innocence Project at Osgoode Hall Law School, Lisa is a criminal defence lawyer.

She has appeared before the Ontario Court of Justice and the Superior Court of Justice, and has drafted materials for all levels of court, including the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Lisa has an undergraduate degree in Honours English – Rhetoric and Professional Writing from the University of Waterloo and worked in arts and entertainment as a publicist, writer, editor, and music booker before turning to the law. She earned her Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School, where she also worked for the Osgoode Hall Innocence Project and worked as a Research Assistant to Professor Alan Young.

Coming full circle, Lisa has returned to the Innocence Project at Osgoode and is very pleased to be teaching the Wrongful Convictions seminar. She is extremely passionate about the issues of wrongful convictions and miscarriages of justice.

Lisa is currently a member of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association (CLA) and sits on the CLA Women’s Committee. She also judges moots and speaks on various panels regarding wrongful convictions and criminal law.

A fierce advocate, tenacious litigator, and persuasive negotiator, Lisa is passionate about her clients’ rights and about equality, diversity, and inclusiveness.