The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, one of the nation’s leading research and public policy institutions, has announced the election of attorney Barbara L. Johnson, a partner at the international law firm of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker, to a three-year term on its board of governors.

Johnson is a nationally known jury trial and class action lawyer who represents companies in a wide range of employment-related litigation, including matters involving employment discrimination, wage and hour claims and wrongful discharge. She began her professional career as an analytical chemist and instrument engineer for Dow before taking a leave of absence to attend the Marshall-Wythe School of Law, College of William and Mary, where she received her law degree in 1984.  She received her bachelor’s degree from Hampton University in Hampton, Va.

“I have long admired the research and thought leadership of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, and I am eager to contribute to the important work that it does in driving the policy making process toward better outcomes for all people and for the nation at large,” said Johnson in a statement.