By John Schaffner
Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard introduced Assistant DA Hannah Chung as the new Community Prosecutor for Atlanta Police Zone 2 during a speech to the Buckhead Business Association June24.
Chung, has been with the Fulton D.A.’s Office since October 2006. Prior to that, she worked as a trademark attorney for a small boutique law firm in New York City.
The Fulton County Commission voted unanimously April 21 to fund a community prosecutor for Zone 2, the only Atlanta police zone that had not had a community prosecutor assigned to it. The prosecutor will work in the zone, interact with the public at community meetings and keep residents updated on trial dates and cases.
“Being a Zone 2 Community Prosecutor is more than just my job,” Chung said. Since my family and I live in Buckhead, I have a vested interest in curtailing crime in and around Zone 2.”
Chung received a bachelor of arts degree from Wellesley College and her law degree from Brooklyn Law School. She is a member of the Georgia and New York bars.
Chung is married to a former federal prosecutor who now works as an in-house attorney for a large Atlanta-based company. The couple has two small children.
The reason Zone 2 has been last to receive a community prosecutor is because when the program was started in 1999, the first community prosecutor was assigned to the police zone that had the worst crime problems. That was Zone 6 in southwest Atlanta. Zone 2 has had the lowest incidence of crime of any police zone in the city.
However, following a forceful plea from the Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods, Howard had strongly supported adding a community prosecutor for Zone 2, even though money to pay for the position had not been in the county budget.