Diana Rugh Johnson
B.A., M.S., Clemson University
J.D., Georgia State University
Wilbanks Child Endangerment and Sexual Exploitation Clinic
Diana Rugh Johnson, who operates her own firm specializing in child welfare law, serves as judge pro tempore in the Juvenile Court of DeKalb County. She is certified as a Child Welfare Law Specialist by the National Association of Counsel for Children, and she has been trained as a trial skills teacher by the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. She is an active member of the Foster Care Cold Case Project the National Parent Representation Project and the Georgia Association of Counsel for Children. She regularly speaks to child welfare attorneys across the country on topics such as trial skills, examining expert witnesses, understanding drug tests, effective case planning and due diligence in medically-complicated cases. She began her legal career representing the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services and then spent almost a decade advocating for parents and children involved in the child welfare system.