Emily Niezer Johnston announces candidacy for Cullman Circuit Court Judge, Place 2

Emily Niezer Johnston (contributed)

CULLMAN, Ala. – Cullman attorney Emily Niezer Johnston this week announced that she is a candidate for Cullman County 32nd Judicial Circuit Court Judge, Place 2.

Johnston is a native of Cullman County and has practiced law in the county for the past 22 years. In 2006, she began work with a large Cullman law firm doing general litigation. In 2012, she opened her own practice, and in 2015 she was offered a job at Wallace State Community College as the director of paralegal studies. She said she enjoyed teaching young people who want to work in the legal field. Seeing students reach their goals was rewarding. In 2020, the Cullman County Commission hired Johnston as the Cullman County Attorney, a job she holds today.

Johnston has years of experience in the courtroom prosecuting for the Lee County District Attorney’s Office, as well as all types of litigation including breach of contract, construction litigation, employment law matters and workers’ compensation cases.

Johnston stated she will carry on the business of her court with fairness and uphold the laws of the State of Alabama, moving her docket of cases to make judicious use of tax dollars.

“Keeping Cullman County a safe place to raise our families is a priority, as is keeping criminals off the streets and behind bars,” stated Johnston.

Johnston was raised in Cullman in a family dedicated to public service. Her late father Charlie Niezer served as a deputy district attorney in Cullman and her mother Kay Niezer was a schoolteacher. Johnston’s grandparents, G.O. and Lola Mae Anderson, operated the Ritz and Martin Twin Theater in Cullman. Her younger sister Alice works for the Cullman County School Board.

Johnston attended Cullman High School and graduated in 1992. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from Athens State College. After graduation from Athens, she decided to follow in her father’s footsteps and attend law school at Cumberland School of Law.

While in law school she taught legal research and writing and was on the Mock Trial Advocacy Team for two years competing nationally. She also served as the director of the Trial Advocacy Program. She was a member of the Birmingham Inns of Court and was chosen by faculty to be in the Order of the Barristers Honor Society for exceptional skill in trial advocacy, oral advocacy and brief writing.

The 32nd Judicial Circuit Court Judge, Place 2 seat is currently held by the Honorable Martha Williams, who will not be seeking re-election.

The 2024 Republican Primary Election will take place Tuesday, March 4, with the 2024 General Election Nov. 5. 

“I will be asking for your support and vote in these two elections,” said Johnston. “You can follow my campaign through Facebook at www.facebook.com/johnstonforjudge and I welcome any questions.”