Thea Johnson’s scholarship principally concerns the development of criminal adversarial systems with an eye towards how lawyers, administrators and policymakers can improve the efficiency and fairness of the criminal justice system. In particular, she studies the institutional roles of the public defender and prosecutor. Her most recent article, Measuring Plea Bargains, is forthcoming in the Indiana Law Journal. At Maine Law, she teaches Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure.
Johnson was a public defender with both the Federal Defenders of New York and the Criminal Defense Division of The Legal Aid Society, also in New York. Prior to joining the faculty at Maine, she was a Thomas C. Grey Fellow at Stanford Law School, where she taught federal litigation and worked with Stanford’s Criminal Justice Center.
Johnson graduated from The George Washington University Law School, where she spent a semester working for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha, Tanzania, and received a degree in History from Harvard College.