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Martesha Johnson

"I defend Nashville because I am Nashville…and 'until justice rolls down like water' I will keep fighting and advocating for my community."

Meet the Defenders

Martesha L.  Johnson is a proud Nashville native.  She was a Presidential scholar at Tennessee State University and graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Political Science with a minor in English in 2005. While in law school, Martesha was recognized by the Black Law Students Association as the Julian Blackshear, Jr. Outstanding Student. She also received awards for her service to the Moot Court Board and Advocacy Programs at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

Martesha was a two year member of the National Trial Team and was recognized for more than 50 hours of public service during her law school tenure.  She received her J.D. from the UT-Knoxville in 2008 with a concentration in Advocacy and Dispute Resolution and joined the Nashville Defender’s office in 2009. Martesha is a graduate of the Gideon’s Promise Core 101 program, has served as a member of the Metro Community Corrections Advisory Board, and assists with the office’s summer intern program.

She enjoys being a mom, traveling, singing, and teaching classes at Vandy Law and Vol State.