Responsible for establishing criteria for judging the qualifications of judicial candidates; contacting, coordinating and holding interviews of the prospective candidates; and, e-mail and provide via other written communication the results of its findings
Asha Smith, Chair
In addition to her Juris Doctor degree from New York Law School, Asha Smith holds two Master Degrees from The New School (Media Studies and Teaching). As a Public Defender for the Legal Aid Society, Asha represented some of the most vulnerable persons in New York City in serious felony cases. She has appeared as an on-air expert regarding the criminal justice system and recently appeared on-air on the Law and Crime Network, providing trial commentary for the People v. Markeith Lloyd,
the Florida man who killed his pregnant ex-partner and their unborn child, and who allegedly killed a police officer during the ensuing manhunt. Asha is a long-standing member of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association, where she currently serves as the Chair of the Judiciary Committee and Co-Chair of the Legislation Committee. Asha is also a Fellow of the New York State Bar Foundation. Additionally, Asha sits on the Board of Directors of the New York County Lawyers’
Association (NYCLA) and chairs NYCLA’s Criminal Justice Section. Asha is admitted to practice in the State of New York, the Southern District of New York, and the United States Supreme Court. Outside of law, Asha’s passion is entertainment. While not in court, Asha is often contributing to various film and television projects in the capacities of Entertainment Law Counsel, Director, Producer, and even as a professional Make-Up Artist.