As the first Director of the MCLE Board of the Supreme Court of Illinois, Karen Litscher Johnson works under the direction of the Court and the MCLE Board to conduct the Board’s operations. Her experience includes six years as National Director of Professional Development for DLA Piper where she planned and managed the firm’s attorney education programs, including MCLE accreditation, for all of its U.S. offices. Before joining DLA Piper, Ms. Johnson was a Litigation Partner with a mid-sized Chicago law firm, Much Shelist, P.C. She handled commercial disputes with an emphasis on employment and environmental matters, including trial and appellate work.
Ms. Johnson received her Juris Doctor degree from Cornell Law School and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Phi Beta Kappa. She was a founding member and Chair of the Chicago-Area Professional Development Consortium, a group of attorney education professionals at law firms, government offices and bar associations. She also served as Chair of the Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section (“YLS”). During eight years in bar leadership, she planned dozens of CLE courses and organized many public and bar service projects. Before becoming a lawyer, Ms. Johnson was a radio reporter and anchor in Madison, Wisconsin.