Frances Johnson Morris Allison
Chief Justice, 1996-1997
Frances Johnson-Allison, formerly known as Frances Johnson-Morris, was Chief Justice of Liberia’s Supreme Court from 1996-1997. She was educated at the University of Liberia, Monrovia, where she received her bachelor’s degree in English. Following her undergrad, Johnson-Allison attended Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law, Monrovia to obtain her degree in law. Utilizing her skills, she became a circuit judge from 1989 to 1997. She was appointed during wartime as the first female Chief Justice in Liberia. Johnson-Allison also served the Attorney General of Liberia from 1998. She was the director for Catholic Justice and Peace Commission in Liberia from 2004-2005 before she was appointed the Chairwoman of the National Election Commission (NEC) for the 2005 Liberian general elections. She then became the Minister of Justice in 2006.She was concurrently working professionally as the Attorney General and the Minister of Justice before she took office as the Minister of Commerce and Industry in 2007. Following this post, Frances Johnson-Allison became the Head of the Anti- Corruption Commission, appointed by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and confirmed by the Liberian Senate until 2013. Following her long career in public service and the judicial sector, she has entered private practice and become counsel for clients in litigation before court.