Aisha McWeay, Deputy Public Defender

“I defend Nashville because the zealous advocacy that I would want someone I loved to receive should never be determined by socioeconomic status.”

Meet the Defenders

Aisha McWeay grew up in Birmingham, Alabama. She graduated summa cum laude from Clark Atlanta University, where she majored in Mass Communications. She worked briefly in the finance industry before attending law school. She received her J.D. from Vanderbilt and joined the Nashville Defenders as an Assistant Public Defender in 2009. During law school, Aisha served as the Director of the Vanderbilt Street Law program, a program that educates underserved Nashville communities on law, democracy, and human rights.

In 2014, Aisha became the General Sessions Division Chief and has found the experience of supporting and training the Nashville Defenders on her team to be one of great reward. In April 2017, she became the Deputy Public Defender for Nashville-Davidson County. While serving as a lawyer in the office she has served in various mentoring and volunteer capacities, with a primary focus on high school students at McGavock and Cane Ridge high schools.

She is a graduate of the Gideon’s Promise Core 101 program, Leadership Summit participant, and graduate trainer for the organization. She believes wholeheartedly in the quote “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”