Banneker High School

A view of Banneker High School.

Several Union City entities are banding together to inform teens and parents about the law.

The youth-oriented nonprofit Zena’s House, along with the city of Union City and JB & Co. Barber Studio, will host The Law and You workshop Feb. 3 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Banneker High School, 6015 Feldwood Road, Union City.

Nonprofit Executive Director and founder Bernice B. Bronson, whose late sister is the organization’s namesake, said the two-hour workshop is for middle and high school students, parents and the community.

Attendees will learn more about the justice system, criminal law, their rights, how to protect themselves and more, she said.

Topics will include theft, assault, felony charges, robbery and cyberbullying.

“This workshop is very important because our youth need a better understanding of the legal system,” Bronson said. “Our aim is to explain how the system works in terms of criminal offenses, punishments and the long-term consequences. Additionally, we will discuss the proper way to interact with law enforcement and have a question and answer session.”

Panelists and attendees will include local judges, attorneys and police officers.

Attorney Riah Greathouse of Greathouse Trial Law said his speaking agenda includes drug possession and sale, statutory rape, at what age teens can be charged, gangs, legal terms such as “party to a crime” and Miranda rights.

“We feel that this is the time, more than ever, to make sure that the youth in our community are equipped with the knowledge that will allow for them to avoid becoming lost in the system,” he said. “With this event, our goal is to introduce as many youth as possible to the judges, prosecutors, officers and other legal experts of their community to create a mutually beneficial partnership through education and dialogue.”

Panel speakers include brothers Travis Townsend of law firm Townsend & Lockett and Fulton County staff attorney Trinity Townsend.

Judges Kellie Stevens Hill and Kelly Lee Ellerbe of Cobb and Fulton counties, respectively, are also scheduled.

Registration is required; call 678-665-6506 or email

The nonprofit is also in need of three more board members.

Requirements are passion about helping youth to succeed, leadership and team player skills, fundraising ability or aptitude, and excellent writing and communication skills.


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