Randel Johnson

Randel JohnsonDistinguished Lecturer


Randel (Randy) Johnson teaches the Employment & Immigration Policy in residency course in the JDinteractive program.

Johnson has worked on employment and immigration law and policy issues for more than twenty-five years, bringing a broad perspective from working in the executive agencies on Capitol Hill and in the private sector. He was deeply involved in past efforts on comprehensive immigration reform, including testifying in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, and recently co-authored a white paper on targeted immigration initiatives in his role as Distinguished Immigration Scholar at Cornell Law School.

His experience also includes working as the Senior Vice President for Labor, Immigration & Employee Benefits at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Labor Counsel to the House Education and Labor Committee, and Special Assistant to the Solicitor of Labor at the U.S. Department of Labor. He was also a partner at the law firm of Seyfarth Shaw and most recently a judge on the Administrative Review Board of the Labor Department.

He also served as a lobbyist with the National Association of Manufacturers, as an attorney with the Department of Labor’s Office of Administrative Law Judges, and as a law clerk to a Baltimore city trial judge immediately following law school. Between college and law school, Johnson worked for IBM in Bethesda, Maryland.

Johnson is a graduate of Denison University and the University of Maryland School of Law and earned his Master of Laws in labor relations from the Georgetown University Law Center. He received a graduate certificate from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government for Senior Managers in Government. He is a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and a member of the Maryland and D.C. bars.

Johnson was a member of the Brookings Institution’s Quality Alliance Steering Committee and previously served on the board of directors of the National Immigration Forum, the American Immigration Council, and the Lutheran Immigration Refugee Service Agency. He was also a member of the Department of Homeland Security Date Management Improvement Act Task Force on border entry and exit issues, the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations Immigration Task Force, the 21st Century Workforce Commission, and the Carnegie U.S.-Mexico Migration Study Group.