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Berkeley Law Professor, Author


Phillip Johnson is professor of law at the University of California, Berkeley.  He is the author of many books, including Darwin on Trial (IVP), Reason in the Balance (IVP), Defeating Darwinism by Opening Minds (IVP), and most recently Objections Sustained (IVP), a collection of essays, many of which first appeared in BOOKS & CULTURE.

A graduate of Harvard University and the University of Chicago Law School, Professor Johnson served as a law clerk for Chief Justice Earl Warren of the United States Supreme Court, and has taught law for more than thirty years since at the University of California, Berkeley.  He has also served as a Visiting Professor at several highly respected universities, including Emory University School of Law and the University College in London.

For the last decade he has been at the forefront of the public debate over evolution and creation.  He is recognized as the leading spokesman for the intelligent design movement, and he has taken his message to such places as the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.  Johnson travels frequently to speak at conferences and with television and radio audiences. He has appeared on Chuck Colson's Breakpoint, on Business News Network's Consumer Hotline and on James Dobson's Focus on the Family, among other shows. Most recently, he was interviewed by Ted Koppel on ABC News's Nightline.

Professor Johnson’s personal story is unique and compelling.  He will speak directly to the issues that we wrestle with in the marketplace as we strive to live life with significance and integrity.




  • Law Clerk, Chief Justice Roger Traynor, 1965-66 (California Supreme Court)
  • Law Clerk, Chief Justice Earl Warren, 1966-67 (United States Supreme Court)
  • Deputy District Attorney (Criminal Trial Prosecutor), Ventura Country, California, 1968, 1972


  • Professor of Law, University of California (Berkeley), 1967-present; holder of the endowed Jefferson E. Peyser chair in law
  • Associate Dean, University of California (Berkeley), 1977-1980
  • Visiting Professor, Emory University School of Law, 1982-1983
  • Visiting Professor, University College (London, England), 1987-1988