Emily Johnston


Emily Johnston serves as an Attorney in the Family Support and Healthcare Unit department at Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy. In her role, Emily serves public benefits clients, with an emphasis on food security, the LGBTQ+ community and those living with HIV.

Prior to joining the Advocacy Center in November 2022, Emily was completing her Juris Doctor at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, Texas. There she participated in the Civil Rights, Domestic Violence, and Housing Clinics. She also served as a Pro Bono Scholar for the Gender Affirmation Project, organizing volunteers, and running clinics helping trans and gender-nonconforming Texans change their legal name and gender markers. During the summer, Emily interned at the Equal Justice Center in Austin, TX and the National Center for Lesbian Rights in San Francisco, CA.

Before law school, she worked at Bronx Legal Services as a Public Benefits and LGBTQ Advocacy Paralegal helping Bronx residents access public benefits like food stamps, Medicaid, TANF and rental assistance. She has her Bachelor’s in Arts from Wellesley College. In her leisure time, she enjoys reading, painting watercolors, learning about plants and fungi and taking long walks in the woods.

Emily works at the Advocacy Center because she is passionate about serving others and building a more just world. “Helping people access food security, financial assistance and medical coverage makes our communities safer and healthier for us all. It is an honor and privilege to advocate for our clients.”