"Practicing law is like having a front row seat to the greatest show on earth."
Clark Cumings Johnson, J.D., Ph.D., LL.D. is Professor Emeritus at Michigan State University College of Law where he has served in various professorships and as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs since joining the faculty in 1973. He presently carries a full-time teaching load and has among other subjects taught courses in commercial transactions, contracts, secured transactions, corporations, bankruptcy, property, future interests, mortgages, insurance, equity, suretyship, psychiatry and the law, and medical legal problems. Dr. Johnson received his B.A. in history from the University of Michigan, and his J.D. (cum laude) and Ph.D. in psychology from Wayne State University. He was awarded an LL.D. from the Michigan State University Detroit College of Law in 2002. He served twenty years in the U.S. Navy, both active and reserve, in peacetime and during war, as enlisted and a commissioned officer serving as Executive Officer and Commanding Officer, acting, of the U.S.S. Amherst (PCER-853) prior to his release from active duty. He is a former Assistant Attorney General for the state of Michigan with litigation experience in the state and federal courts in both civil and criminal cases, and thereafter served as a legal consultant for several years to the Michigan Department of Attorney General. Following his doctoral clinical practicum (clinicum) in psychology at Lafayette Clinic, he worked for Midwestern Educational Resources Center as a clinical psychologist. Professor Johnson was an associate and later partner in the law firm of Schmidt, Nahas, Coburn & Johnson exclusively involved in litigation. He is the founder of and former advisor to the nationally recognized Journal of Medicine and Law at Michigan State University College of Law and is published in the areas of commercial law, as well as medicine and the law.