Judge Cheryl Johnson graduated from The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois, in 1983. From 1983 to 1984, she clerked for Judge Sam Johnson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. She was in private solo practice in Austin, Texas, from 1984 until 1998. Judge Johnson was elected to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals 1998.
Judge Johnson is board-certified as a specialist in criminal law and criminal appellate law and is licensed by the State of Texas, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.
Her current term on the Court ends December 31, 2016.