Robert Gilbert Johnston
Dean and Professor Emeritus
The John Marshall Law School
315 South Plymouth Court
Chicago, Illinois 60604
JD, University of Chicago
The son of Scottish immigrants, Robert Gilbert Johnston was raised in Hawaii on a sugar plantation. He first joined John Marshall as an adjunct professor in 1963. He became a full-time professor in 1965.
He returned to Hawaii in 1969 and spent two years as executive director of Hawaii Legal Services, after which he entered private practice, principally representing institutionalized persons and community groups, and private social service agencies, including American Friends Service Committee, Hawaii Association of Retarded Citizens, Hawaii League of Women Voters, and Queen Liliuokalani Children's Center.
Since returning to Chicago and rejoining the John Marshall faculty in 1975, Professor Johnston's activities have included serving as reporter for numerous Illinois Judicial Conferences and as vice chair of the Jefferson Inn of the American Inns of Court in 1993. He is also active in bar activities in both Illinois and Hawaii.
He was associate dean for academic affairs from 1988 to 1994, and on behalf of the law school visited China and the Czech Republic, where he lectured extensively, as well as Lithuania and Ireland. He has appeared before Illinois and Hawaii state and federal courts, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Professor Johnston was appointed dean in 1995 and served until retiring from the post in 2003. On returning to the faculty in 2003, he principally taught Professional Responsibility and Civil Procedure until taking emeritus status in Fall 2015. He continues as an advisor to the Morrissey Scholars, occasionally conducts continuing legal education programs, and maintains a blog on Illinois civil procedure.
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