C. Donald (Don) Johnson Papers, Record Group D: PersonalC. Donald (Don) Johnson Papers, Record Group D: Personal

C. Donald (Don) Johnson Papers, Record Group D: Personal

Descriptive Summary

Title: C. Donald (Don) Johnson Papers, Record Group D: Personal
Creator: Johnson, Clete Donald (Don), Jr., 1948-
Dates: 1972-2000
Extent: 4.0 boxes (2.75 linear feet and 100 kilobytes)
Collection Number: RBRL/038/CDJ
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: C. Donald (Don) Johnson Papers, Record Group D: Personal contains files from Johnson’s early career as a lawyer in Royston, Georgia, as well as his work in the Office of the Judge Advocate General. It also contains files from 1981 when Johnson was recipient of the Georgia Rusk International Law Award and a digital copy of an autobiography that focuses on his service in Congress.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

C. Donald (Don) Johnson, Jr., was born in Atlanta, Georgia on January 30, 1948. He earned a BA degree in history in 1970 and a Juris Doctorate in 1973 from the University of Georgia. Johnson served in the United States Air Force from 1973-1977 and was stationed in California, Colorado, and the Republic of Turkey as a member of the Office of the Judge Advocate General. He was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal and was discharged with the rank of Captain. In 1978, he received a Master of Law degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London.

Prior to returning to Royston as a partner in the law firm of Johnson and Vandiver, Johnson held a variety of positions. He served an aide to the late Congressman Phil Landrum as well as legislative council for the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee. He also acted as corporate counsel for the Continental Illinois Bank of Chicago and was a member of the Atlanta law firm of Powell, Goldstein, Frazer & Murphy.

Johnson was elected to the State Senate from the 47th District in 1987 to fill the unexpired term of the late Senator Parks Brown. The 47th District includes Bank, Elbert, Franklin, Hart, and portions of Jackson and Madison counties. Johnson, a Democrat, served on the Judiciary, Reapportionment, Agriculture, Transportation, Finance, Public Utilities, and Rules committees and was chair of the Appropriations Committee from 1990 to 1992. He was a member of the Senate Democratic Party Caucus Policy Committee and served as Governor Joe Frank Harris’ assistant administration floor leader in the senate from 1989 until 1992.

During his five years as State Senator, Johnson major legislative accomplishments included: author of toll free county-wide calls legislation which expanded local telephone service area in 129 counties at no additional cost to consumers; principle sponsor of Governor Joe Frank Harris’ anti-drug legislation package which gave Georgia the toughest anti-drug laws in the United States; author of civil restitution laws providing business and property owners an easier means of recovering losses from shoplifters and vandals and strengthening bad check laws; author of State Hobbs Act and constitutional amendment for circuit wide grand jury to combat political corruption and misuse of public office for personal gain; and author of reporter shield law which protects against unnecessary infringement upon confidential sources of information.

In addition to his standing committee posts, Johnson was chairman of the Georgia Senate Export Expansion Study Committee, which considered ways the state could encourage the export of Georgia products to overseas markets and boost the state’s economy. He also served on several other interim study committees including the Senate Study Committee on Rural Economic Development, the Senate Transportation Study Committee, and the Senate Fraudulent Check Study Committee.

In 1992, Johnson successfully ran for the United States Congress as a Democrat representing Georgia’s 10th District, succeeding Doug Barnard, Jr. of Augusta. While in office, Johnson served on the Armed Services Committee and Science Space and Technology Committee. He acted as a delegate to the North Atlantic Assembly (NATO's legislative advisory body) in Berlin and Copenhagen and monitored Russia's first parliamentary (Duma) election in Moscow in December 1993.

After an unsuccessful bid for a second term, Johnson spent a number of years in Washington, D.C., where he specialized in international trade and investment policy, national security and foreign policy. He was vice-president for government relations and public policy with Fleishman-Hillard Government Relations, Inc. In 1998, President Bill Clinton appointed him ambassador and he served for two and a half years as chief textile negotiator and principal advisor to both the president and the United States Trade Representative on all textile and apparel trade matters.

Johnson then became a partner in the law firm Patton Boggs until he accepted an appointment in 2004 as the director of the University of Georgia School of Law’s Dean Rusk Center. specializing in global legal and policy issues. Currently, Johnson resides in Royston with his wife Suzanne Spratlin.

Scope and Content

Record Group D: Personal contains files from Johnson’s early career as a lawyer in Royston, Georgia, as well as his work in the Office of the Judge Advocate General. It also contains files from 1981 when Johnson was recipient of the Georgia Rusk International Law Award and a digital copy of an autobiography that focuses on his service in Congress.

Organization and Arrangement

This record group is arranged by subject.


Administrative Information and Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access note

This record group is open for research with the following exceptions:

Legal records that are protected by attorney-client privilege are closed for 50 years.

Medical records that are protected by HIPAA are closed for 100 years.

Box D.2 must be reviewed for sensitive information prior to research use. Please request this box 3 business days prior to your research visit to allow time for this review.

This record group contains digital files. To access these files, please request the folders you would like through the finding aid using your research account. An archivist will be in contact with you to explain how to access the files. Please note that not all file formats are currently supported by the library for research use.

Preferred Citation

C. Donald (Don) Johnson Papers, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.

User Restrictions

Library acts as "fair use" reproduction agent.

Copyright Information

Before material from collections at the Richard B. Russell Library may be quoted in print, or otherwise reproduced, in whole or in part, in any publication, permission must be obtained from (1) the owner of the physical property, and (2) the holder of the copyright. It is the particular responsibility of the researcher to obtain both sets of permissions. Persons wishing to quote from materials in the Russell Library collection should consult the Director. Reproduction of any item must contain a complete citation to the original.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared by Russell staff, 2011.

Digital files were added to this finding aid and description was expanded for Box 1 by Adriane Hanson, 2016.


Related Materials

Access Points

Georgia--Politics and government--1951-
Lawyers--Georgia.

Related Collections in this Repository

Doug Barnard Collection

Joe Frank Harris Collection

Clete D. Johnson Collection

Linton Johnson Collection

Zell Miller Collection

Charles W. Norwood Collection


Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 

Record Group D: Personal

Extent: 4.0 boxes (2.75 linear feet and 100 kilobytes)
Scope and Content: The Personal record group contains files from Johnson’s early career as a lawyer in Royston, Georgia, as well as his work in the Office of the Judge Advocate General. It also contains files from 1981 when Johnson was recipient of the Georgia Rusk International Law Award and a digital copy of an autobiography that focuses on his service in Congress.
Conditions Governing Access note: This record group is open for research with the following exceptions:
Legal records that are protected by attorney-client privilege are closed for 50 years.Medical records that are protected by HIPAA are closed for 100 years.Box D.2 must be reviewed for sensitive information prior to research use. Please request this box 3 business days prior to your research visit to allow time for this review.This record group contains digital files. To access these files, please request the folders you would like through the finding aid using your research account. An archivist will be in contact with you to explain how to access the files. Please note that not all file formats are currently supported by the library for research use.
BoxFolder
11Personal File, 1978-1981
12[Legal Career], 1982
13Miscellaneous Leads and Addresses, 1982
14[International Trade and Finance], 1982
15[Resumes], 1981
16Headhunters, 1982
17Congressional Committees and Executive Agencies, 1982
18Newspaper Column, 1973, 1981
19GWCI [Georgia World Congress Institute] Newsletter, 1981
1101981 Georgia Rusk Award in International Law, 1981 June 2
111PGF&M Book - Secured Transactions, 1981
112Atlanta Constitution ["Honor Hostage Agreement" by Don Johnson], 1981 February 1
113Georgia Journal Article ["Filartiga verses Pena-Irala"], 1981
114[The Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law], 1981
115Germany ["Legal Considerations in Exporting to Germany" by Don Johnson], 1978-1981
116Emory International Law Society (International Banking), 1981
117GITA [Georgia International Trade Association] Export Workshop, 1981
118Atlanta Bar Association International Practice, 1980-1981
119["Legal Aspects of Financing International Trade" by C. Donald Johnson, Jr.], 1981
120Newspaper Clippings-1986, 1986
121Newspaper Clippings 1983-1985, 1981-1985
122New Times, January 1975 (1,3-5), April 1975 (17) C. Don Johnson, 1975
123[Royston 1965-1979 C. Don Johnson], 1969-1975
124Assistant Staff Judge Advocate [Air Force Pamphlet], 1973 June 1
125Captain Johnson Sign ["Captain Johnson Chief Civil Law Section"], undated
BoxFolder
R.11Adams vs. Goldkist, correspondence, 1997
Conditions Governing Access note: This folder contains restricted attorney-client priviledged records and is open for research on January 1, 2047.
BoxFolder
R.22Adams vs. Goldkist, verdict, judgment, 1997
R.23Adams vs. Goldkist, notes, oral arguments, 1997
R.24Adams vs. Goldkist, jury information, 1997
Conditions Governing Access note: This folder must be reviewed for social security numbers prior to research use. Please request this folder 3 business days prior to your research visit to allow time for this review.
R.25Adams vs. Goldkist, plaintiff’s exhibits, 1997
R.26Adams vs. Goldkist, research, 1997
R.27Adams vs. Goldkist, motion to compel arbitration, 1997
R.28Adams vs. Goldkist, motion for summary judgment, 1997
R.29Adams vs. Goldkist, pre-trial order, 1997
R.210Adams vs. Goldkist, pleadings, 1997
R.211Adams vs. Goldkist, jury charge requests, 1997
R.212Adams vs. Goldkist, deposition notes, 1997
BoxFolder
R.113Adams vs. Goldkist, defendant’s discovery, 1997
Conditions Governing Access note: This folder contains restricted medical records protected by HIPAA and is open for research on January 1, 2098.
BoxFolder
R.214Adams vs. Goldkist, plaintiff’s discovery, 1997
Conditions Governing Access note: This folder must be reviewed for social security numbers prior to research use. Please request this folder 3 business days prior to your research visit to allow time for this review.
BoxFolder
31Adams vs. Goldkist, 1996
32Adams vs. Goldkist, 1994
BoxFolder
41Date Books, 1985-2000
Digital
ER 1Autobiography [digital files], 1995-1996