J. Tom Morgan, a nationally recognized expert on the prosecution of crimes against children, addressed parents of Brookwood School students on Thursday evening and Brookwood Upper School students on Friday.
Morgan served as the district attorney of DeKalb County, for 12 years and is currently a trial lawyer specializing in criminal and civil litigation. He tells parents and teenagers how to make safe, informed choices to avoid violating the law and avoid being victims of crime.
His book, Ignorance is No Defense, a Teenager’s Guide to Georgia Law, is a practical, convenient guide for teenagers on laws in Georgia. As an attorney, Morgan defends young people who are in trouble with the law. Realizing that many teenagers often do not fully understand the law and its consequences, he explains Georgia laws to his audiences in an easy-to-understand way, using real-life examples. Morgan aims to help teenagers avoid situations in which they violate the law or are hurt by others who violate the law.
“We believe in preparing our students for the world we live in and giving them the information they need to make healthy choices,” said Allison Harrell, Brookwood School counselor, who arranged for Morgan's visit.