Asa KingTransgender Law Center and Southerners on New Ground (SONG) are thrilled to welcome Asa King as Staff Attorney to lead the legal work of TLC@SONG, our new program focused on the Southeastern U.S. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, the Southern regional office works on a mix of policy advocacy, legal work, public education and movement building. TLC@SONG marries Transgender Law Center’s long history of legal, policy and trans-specific expertise with Southerners on New Ground (SONG)’s well-respected southern base-building and organizing shop.

“I’m excited to be a part of TLC’s collaboration with SONG, a grassroots organization with a rich history of fighting for the rights of LGBTQ people in the South,” Asa says. “This collaboration will provide greater access to much needed legal advocacy and services to trans people living in the South.”

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.  They earned their law degree 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. Prior to law school, Asa organized in the prison abolitionist and anti-police brutality movements with Critical Resistance.

Welcome, Asa!