Staff Attorney for Fulton County in the Chambers of Honorable Judge Eric Richardson and Co-Author of When the Cops Knockin’: An Illustrated Guide to Criminal Law
An educator turned attorney, Trinity Townsend has excelled at both preparing teenagers for successful lives in “the real world” and at advocating on behalf of youth and families in the justice system. You might say he’s enjoyed the best of both worlds. Indeed, it is this expertise as an attorney and direct exposure to the needs of youth as a teacher that prepared Trinity to join his brother in writing a book that fills some important knowledge gaps for parents, youth and teens.
As a teenager, Trinity, along with his brother—Travis Townsend, managed to avoid the landmines that could have blown up his chances for a successful future. Growing up in Muskegon Heights, Mich.—a high crime community—Trinity admits to making uninformed (or misinformed) decisions that could have landed him on the wrong side of the law. Thankfully, he graduated from high school and went on to pursue a college education.
With a vision to invest in the youth who followed him, Trinity graduated from the University of Michigan in 1997 with a Bachelor’s degree in Education. While attending the University of Michigan, Trinity earned All-Big Ten honors for his performance on the Michigan Track Team and has since been inducted to the Michigan Track & Field Hall of Fame. During his six-year career as a high school teacher in Michigan, Trinity leveraged his real-world street knowledge to make learning exciting. At this time he also served as a teacher’s union collective bargaining representative and helped found and run a youth mentoring program in connection with the University of Michigan’s Black Law Students Alliance. This experience whetted Trinity’s appetite to advocate for others through the legal system. He moved to Atlanta, Georgia to attend law school at the Emory University School of Law, and he earned his Juris Doctor degree to practice law in 2006. During his tenure at Emory, Trinity was honored with the School of Law Dean’s Public Service Award and was a member of the Moot Court Society.
Now, Trinity considers numerous cases of varying subject matter, makes ruling recommendations, and prepares legal orders in the chambers of Honorable Judge Eric Richardson, Superior Court Judge for Fulton County. Trinity began his legal career at the law firm of King & Spalding in Atlanta where he worked on employment cases involving age, gender and racial discrimination, complex tort litigation, and other legal matters. Like his brother, Trinity makes time for community service. He volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Atlanta and has helped plan and organize King & Spalding’s “Absolutely Incredible Kids” charitable program. He has also provided pro bono services representing clients in wrongful eviction mediation and has participated in Habitat for Humanity’s Wills Project—drafting wills for elderly and low-income individuals. Trinity is a member of the Atlanta Bar Association, the Gate City Bar Association and the 100 Black Men of South Metro (Atlanta) where he serves on its Rights of Passage Program Committee.
Email Trinity at: firstname.lastname@example.org