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Gary T. Johnson was appointed as the Chicago Historical Society’s eighth president in July 2005. Johnson was a partner of the Chicago law firm Jones Day, and previously was a partner of Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP. As a lawyer, he had extensive international legal experience. In the civic arena, Johnson has been a champion of civil rights. He is a board member and former co-chair of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, a national civil rights organization. From 1985 until 1996, he served as president of the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, the largest provider of free legal assistance to the poor in the city.
Johnson graduated from Yale University, Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude, with a degree in history and political science. He received his master’s in modern history from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and earned his law degree from Harvard University.
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