Asa is a native of Jacksonville, Florida, and joins the TLC staff after working as a criminal defense attorney in Charlotte, North Carolina for nearly 3 years. Asa began their legal career at the Federal Defenders of Western North Carolina. They also worked in state court as an Assistant Public Defender with the Mecklenburg County Public Defender’s Office representing indigent youth and adults charged with criminal offenses and served on the North Carolina Public Defender Association Committee on Racial Equity. Asa attended law school at American University Washington College of Law where they served as Managing Editor of the American University Criminal Law Brief and worked as a Dean Fellow with the Project on Addressing Prison Rape. While in law school, Asa was selected as a National Lawyer’s Guild Haywood and awarded the David B. Newman and Kathryn R. Newman Prize for Trial Advocacy for outstanding performance in criminal trial advocacy. Asa graduated from Cornell University magna cum laude in 2006. Prior to law school, Asa organized in the prison abolitionist and anti-police brutality movements with Critical Resistance.