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Martesha L. Johnson

Adjunct Professor of Law
Assistant Public Defender, Metropolitan Nashville Public Defender’s Office, 20th Judicial District

Martesha Johnson is an assistant public defender in the Metropolitan Nashville Public Defender’s Office, where she currently serves as a team leader in Division II Criminal Court. Since joining the Public Defender’s Office in 2009, she has represented clients from diverse social, economic and educational backgrounds in state criminal court, conducting hearings, trials, factual investigations, legal research and negotiations. Professor Johnson is a graduate of Gideon’s Promise (formerly the South Public Defender Training Center) and a member of the class featured in the award winning HBO documentary, “Gideon’s Army.” She currently serves on the Community Corrections Advisory Board, to which she was appointed in 2011 by Major Karl Dean. She is also a member of the Harry Phillips American Inns of Court. In addition to teaching Trial Advocacy at Vanderbilt, she also serves on the adjunct faculty of Volunteer State Community College, where she teaches in the Paralegal Program.