About The Authors


J.Tom Morgan

J.Tom Morgan is a nationally recognized expert on crimes involving young people and has appeared on CNN’s Talk Back Live, the Oprah Winfrey Show, Court TV, the Today Show, and 48 Hours. He served as the District Attorney of DeKalb County, Georgia, in metro Atlanta, for twelve years and was the first prosecutor in Georgia to specialize in the prosecution of crimes against children. J.Tom is currently a trial lawyer in private practice in Decatur, GA specializing in criminal and civil litigation. He is licensed to practice in both Georgia and North Carolina.

As District Attorney, J.Tom was the lead prosecutor in the case against former DeKalb County Sheriff Sidney Dorsey, who was convicted of corruption and murdering his opponent, Sheriff-elect Derwin Brown. Following this successful conviction, J.Tom was the first United States prosecutor to receive the Special Achievement Award from the International Association of Prosecutors.

J.Tom has dedicated his career to child advocacy and is committed to helping young people avoid being both victims and perpetrators of crimes. He served on the U.S Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect and chaired Georgia’s Child Abuse Prevention Panel. Recognizing the need to treat victims of child abuse, J.Tom is a founding board member of the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy, Inc., which provides free counseling to children who are victims of child abuse.

J.Tom is the author of the much-acclaimed Ignorance Is No Defense, A Teenager’s Guide to Georgia Law. He has spoken to thousands of teenagers, college students, and parents regarding Georgia laws that impact young people. With an engaging presentation that generates open and frank discussion with his audience, J.Tom is in demand as a speaker at schools, colleges, churches, and other community groups.

The insights J.Tom has gained from speaking with teenagers and college students, as well as his experience as a prosecutor and private attorney, inspired J.Tom to write Ignorance Is No Defense, A Teenager’s Guide to Georgia Law, and now, with co-author Wilson Parker, Ignorance Is No Defense, A College Student’s Guide to North Carolina Law. As further inspiration, J.Tom’s two children have attended college in North Carolina.

Wilson Parker


Wilson Parker is a professor at Wake Forest School of Law. He is an expert teacher and scholar in the area of constitutional law. Prior to joining the faculty, Wilson was a trial lawyer in private practice in North Carolina, litigating employment, civil rights, and civil liberties cases in both state and federal court. He is licensed to practice in both North Carolina and Georgia.

He is a primary author, with Michael Curtis, of Constitutional Law In Context, a Constitutional Law casebook that is in its third edition. He was a visiting Scholar-in-Residence at University College Cork, in Cork, Ireland, in 1997. At Wake Forest, Wilson has been the President of the University Senate and is currently on a planning committee to establish a Center for Ethics, Religion, and Law at the University. He is the head of the law school’s summer London program. He has also taught Philosophy at the North Carolina Governor’s School. He was voted Professor of the Year by the Wake Forest Law School class of 2010.

Wilson served as Chairman of the Amicus Curiae Committee of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice for several years and has been on the Board of the North Carolina Center for Death Penalty Litigation. He frequently lectures to professional groups on Constitutional Law topics and has also taught trial skills to practicing lawyers at seminars run by the North Carolina Bar Association and the National Institute for Trial Advocacy.

Wilson has counseled numerous college and graduate students through the years regarding the implications for their chosen careers of criminal convictions they had received for doing reckless acts during high school or college. He has represented many law students before the North Carolina Board of Law Examiners in order to insure that they will be allowed to take the Bar Exam and become licensed lawyers.

Two of Wilson’s children attended college in North Carolina.