Wendy J. Johnson

Deputy Director and General Counsel, Oregon Law Commission

Wendy Johnson serves as Deputy Director and General Counsel of the Oregon Law Commission. She joined the Oregon Law Commission, housed at Willamette University College of Law, in September 2001. The Oregon Law Commission conducts a continuous program of state law revision, reform, and improvement. Ms. Johnson has staffed large and small law reform projects, including revisions of the Oregon Revised Statutes relating to judgments, juvenile law (dependency and delinquency), civil rights, automobile insurance, eminent domain, government borrowings, family law (parentage), government ethics, emergency preparedness, estate tax, and adoption law. She regularly works with state and local officials; the public and private bench and bar; academics; the Uniform Law Commission; and the general public during the legislative interim and legislative session to advance law reform recommendations.

Ms. Johnson came to the Commission from the Oregon Supreme Court where she was the lead petitions law clerk. She clerked for Chief Justice Wallace P. Carson and the Court from 1998 to 2001. Before working for the Court, she clerked for Attorney General Hardy Myers and the front office attorneys at the Oregon Department of Justice. Her work at DOJ focused on the state's Indian tribal gaming compacts, appellate work, public record requests, and the state's tobacco litigation.

She is a member of the Oregon State Bar, Oregon Women Lawyers, and the Marion County Bar Association.

Ms. Johnson earned her law degree magna cum laude at Willamette University College of Law in 1998. She was a member of the Willamette Law Review and served as a contracts and constitutional law student tutor. A native Iowan, she received her bachelor of arts degree (political science) also magna cum laude from Central College in Iowa. She taught English, ESL, and writing throughout college and also interned for Iowa Governor Terry Branstad.


  • J.D. Willamette University, magna cum laude
  • B.A. Central College (Iowa), magna cum laude