OAKLAND -- An Alameda County prosecutor was appointed Tuesday to a state commission that explores ways to improve access to civil courts.

State Attorney General Kamala Harris named Deputy district attorney Venus Johnson, 33, to become one of 26 members of the California Commission on Access to Justice, a group charged with finding ways to help low and moderate income residents access the state's civil court system.

Johnson, a graduate of the University of Pacific McGeorge School of Law works on the Alameda County District Attorney's "Strike Team," a group of prosecutors that prosecutes cases against the most violent defendants and those with repeat felonies.

Johnson will serve on the state commission for a three-year term alongside other lawyers, judges, academics and representatives from business, labor and various communities.

The commission meets six times a year with two meetings held by conference call and four meetings held in person and by video conference between members located near San Francisco and Los Angeles.



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