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After winning her Democratic primary, Cassandra Aimee Johnson is well on her way to becoming a civil court judge in Queens. Campaign photo

Attorney Cassandra Aimée Johnson was in elementary school when the legal profession first entered her family. In 1991, her Haitian-immigrant mother Andrée Sylvestre-Johnson earned a law degree, later inspiring her daughter to enter the field. 

Although she wasn’t set on entering law as a child, Cassandra Johnson always looked up to her mother’s example of hard work. From high school through college, she worked in the Law Offices of Andree Sylvestre, which later helped her choose law for her career, she said. 

“How we moved together to really solve problems that people had was really impactful for me,” said Johnson, 40, who is single and resides in Queens Village. “When someone is going through a lot and they’re upset and crying and they come to you and you're able to really help them work through something, I felt like that was something that I wanted to be a part of.” 

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Sam is a reporter for The Haitian Times and a 2020 Report for America fellow. He has covered Haiti and its diaspora since 2018. His work has also appeared in USA Today, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and Haiti Liberte. Sam can be reached at sam@haitiantimes.com or on Twitter @sambojarski.