Staff Attorney, Criminal Defense Practice
Asia was born and raised in Queens, New York. She earned her B.A. in Sociology and Black Studies from Amherst College, and received her J.D., cum laude, from Roger Williams University School of Law where she was in the Honors Program and served as an editor for the Roger Williams University Law Review.
During law school, she was highly involved with the Black Law Student Association where she held various positions on the Northeast Regional Board in addition to being president of her local chapter. She focused her law school career on criminal defense by interning at Orleans Public Defenders and the Bronx Defenders as well as representing clients as a student attorney in her school’s Criminal Defense Clinic. She also interned for Chief Justice Mary Lisi of the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island where she wrote memorandums of law to assist the judge in criminal and civil litigation.
After law school, Asia began her career at the Legal Aid Society of Nassau County where she handled hundreds of cases in a conservative jurisdiction, including obtaining an acquittal after a jury trial. After leaving Nassau, she spent some time in private practice still protecting the rights of the accused in suppression hearings and jury trials as well as defending asylum-seekers in immigration proceedings.
Asia is excited to join BDS to continue to zealously fight for underrepresented communities.