Mr. Kafahni Nkrumah joined the office of the federal public defender for the Western District of Tennessee in September 2019 as an assistant federal public defender. Kafahni has previously worked at the Legal Aid Society, in New York City, as a trial litigator in the criminal division; as an assistant federal public defender for the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Northern District of Florida; and most recently as a solo practitioner who specialized in federal criminal defense in both the Southern District of New York and the Eastern District of New York.
Kafahni received his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. After working as, a NY State trooper; as a juvenile counselor at the Spofford Detention Center in the Bronx, NY, and as a drug counselor and housing specialist at the Addicts Rehabilitation Center in Harlem, NY, he decided to go to law school. Kafahni attended the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University, in Houston, Tx where he earned his Juris Doctorate degree. While at Thurgood he was a member of the law review, vice president of student government, second year class president, and a member of student body organizations such as the Black Law Students Association.
Kafahni is a native of New York City, raised in the Bronx, NY during the period when the “Bronx was burning” was a phrase that was given to the Bronx in the late 70’s because of an arson epidemic caused by the total economic collapse of the South Bronx. Being raised during those times groomed Kafahni to become an activist and lawyer who aggressively fights for his clients and his community.