Karume James is currently a staff attorney with The Bronx Defenders in the Criminal Defense Practice, where he has represented hundreds of low-income clients charged with misdemeanor and felony criminal offenses. Karume received his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School in 2014, where he was an Edward V. Sparer Public Interest Fellow, Associate Research Editor for the Brooklyn Law School Journal of Law & Policy, a member of the Brooklyn Law School Moot Court Honor Society, Trial Division, and a recipient of the Regina Crea Memorial Prize at graduation for the most devoted and disinterested service during law school. Karume began his career as a grassroots organizer, first representing nearly 1,000 unionized healthcare workers at UCLA Hospital, and later as a lead community organizer in South Central Los Angeles and the South Bronx, where he led advocacy campaigns to hold police accountable, increase youth recreational programming to reduce rates of crime and violence, and build community-based resident leadership. Karume holds a B.A. in African American Studies with a concentration in Psychology from UCLA.
Karume has been actively involved in community-based and civic leadership organizations. He was a 2016 New Leaders Council Fellow, and is a member of the Minority Voting Rights Committee of the New York Democratic Lawyers Council, the American Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association. He is currently a board member with the Metropolitan Black Bar Association (MBBA) and the co-chair of the MBBA’s Community Service Committee.