• List of Ask the Judge Authors

    Judge Tom

    Judge Tom

    Judge Tom is the founder and moderator of AsktheJudge.info. He is a retired juvenile judge and spent 23 years on the bench. He has written several books for lawyers and judges as well as teens and parents including the recently published 'Teen Cyberbullying Investigated' (Free Spirit Publishing). When he's not answering teens' questions, Judge Tom can be found hiking, traveling and reading.

    Latest Article: 18-year-old invents a “smart gun”

    Natalie Jacobs

    Natalie Jacobs

    Prior to joining the AsktheJudge.info team, Natalie worked as a criminal attorney for over five years. She also has worked with Innocence Projects as well as Girls on the Run of Northern Arizona, a character development program for girls in 3rd through 8th grade. When she's not reading and writing about youth justice issues, she thinks about becoming a farmer, chef, world traveler, Bikram master, dogwalker and 80’s film reviewer.

    Latest Article: Can you sue your parents?


    Leonard Witt

    Leonard Witt is the executive director of the Center for Sustainable Journalism at Kennesaw State University, where he holds the Robert D. Fowler Distinguished Chair in Communication and was named an Eminent Scholar by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia in 2008. He was a journalist for more than 25 years, including being editor of Sunday Magazine at the Minneapolis Star Tribune, editor of Minnesota Monthly and executive director of the Minnesota Public Radio Civic Journalism Initiative.

    Latest Article: One man’s journey through crime, drugs, schizophrenia and rehabilitation


    Sierra Ferguson

    She's caffeinated, sixteen, and addicted to procedural crime shows. Sierra was first introduced to the law (at a young age) by Donald P. Belisarius's riveting television series "JAG", starring (most cheesily) a six foot four, ex-fighter pilot, named Harm. Since then, she has become an aspiring writer and a member of her high school's Mock Trial program (where she got to try her hand at litigation; defending and prosecuting fictional cases in real courtrooms). In today's world, the name John Locke will conjure more images of the "LOST" island, than the enlightenment's production of the basic rights of man (which inspired parts of the constitution, and arguably much of the basis of our legal system). That is why Sierra is thrilled to be writing for Ask the Judge. Teens need (and deserve) information about the law. "Caf-Pow" or "Starbucks" in hand, Sierra is ready to write about the law and the very real effects that it can have on you.

    Latest Article: Be not Prejudice: Austinian Pride


    Alyssa Miller

    Alyssa writes a lot of short stories and political opinions, and finds writing about herself to be the most challenging. Her second passion is drawing. She almost always has something drawn in progress or something that she's thinking of drawing later. She has a very open mind, and she won't hesitate to listen to anyone's opinion, even if she disagrees. She has two cats and both enjoy covering Alyssa and her belongings in their fur, so she will apologize for her lack of a lint roller.

    Latest Article: Where the Red Fern Grows


    Mary Schlanger

    Mary is fourteen years old and going into her freshman year of high school. She loves to read and write. She plays trumpet and French horn in her school band (yes, she is a band geek) and her favorite food is egg burritos!

    Latest Article: You are not a Blue-Jay, Do not jaywalk!


    Sage Kramer

    Sage lives in a rural town near the Four Corners, where she is on her school's swim team, marching band, and tennis team. Sage's hobbies are watching Potter Puppet Pals and messing around in Walmart at midnight.

    Latest Article: Speak