Warren LeRoi Johns, JD (c 2005)
Warren LeRoi Johns honed academic skills in four different universities: La Sierra University, B.A., Religion; Andrews University, M.A., Church History; Michigan State University, post-graduate history studies; and a Juris Doctor awarded by the University of Southern California’s Law Center.
He was admitted to the California State Bar in 1959 and has held that membership for 63 years. His hometown Congressman, H. Allen Smith, moved his admission to the United States Supreme Court practice in 1963. He gained admission to both the Court of Appeals of Maryland and the District of Columbia Court of Appeals in 1976. He also was granted the privilege to practice before several Federal District Courts including the U.S Southern District of California.
Born at the dawn of the “Great Depression,” he spent most of his professional career standing up for the First Amendment’s guarantee of free speech and religious liberty. His 1951 Seminary Master’s thesis analyzed the United States Supreme Court’s interpretation of First Amendment Free Speech guarantees between the pivotal years, 1941-1951; he was a cofounder of California’s Church State Council; and while representing the Council in Sacramento, was elected to the eighteen-member Sacramento Area Economic Opportunity Council, in 1974, where he was chosen Chairman by its other members.
During the years 1975-1992, the Editor served as General Counsel to the General Conference, the world organization of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. A bold advocate of the creation miracle, Johns stands tall for civil rights with the belief that all mankind is “created equal” and all humans share a genome inherited from the identical, common ancestor couple.
Author of 12 books, his Dateline Sunday, U.S.A., an academic legal history documenting blue law confrontation with the U.S. Constitution, drew national attention in 1967. Later he used his lawyer’s perspective to target evolution’s “flaws” and “holes” topped with the 2020 edition of Cosmic War: Battlefield Earth.
His strong advocacy of the Biblical narrative of creation appears on the website, www.GenesisFile.com, an international voice presenting the truth about God from the Christian perspective.
The foundation for that perspective began in the home of Christian; continued with a college Religion major; a Seminary Masters in Church History; and a series of associate pastorates in Grand Rapids, Lansing, Alaiedon, and Bunker Hill, Michigan and Van Nuys, California, all prior to championing the Christian cause in the legal profession.
A ten-year-old Johns joined the Seventh-day Adventist Church in 1939, at the time his father Pastored the Loma Linda College Church serving the medical community. Since, he has attended nine General Conference sessions beginning in San Francisco in 1936. He recalls meeting pioneer preacher, William A. Spicer, at that session. He last attended a GC session in 1990.
He carries a vivid childhood memory of listening spellbound to the words of Solomon Islander Kato Ragoso, addressing that 1936 session. This devoted, converted Christian, son of a headhunting tribal chief, became a WW II hero for organizing hundreds of South Sea islander canoeists to rescue allied airmen and sailors from the Pacific. John F. Kennedy and his PT Boat crew were among the scores rescued.
His professional resume appears in Who’s Who in American Law; Who’s Who in America; and Who’s Who in the World. He holds the Church State of Achievement Award;” and La Sierra University’s 1994 “Alumnus of the Year” award.