Ahmad W. Rasool
Ahmad W. Rasool
Deputy Chief Assistant Prosecutor
Essex County Prosecutor’s Office
Ahmad W. Rasool grew up in Cape May, New Jersey. He received his Bachelor’s of Science degree in 2004 from New Jersey Institute of Technology where he also was a 1000 point scorer and Captain of the Men’s Basketball Team. After college, he graduated from New York Law School in 2008 where he served two terms as the Attorney General of the school’s Black Law Student Association Chapter.
Ahmad began his legal career in the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office (ECPO) as an unpaid intern in the summer of 2006. Ahmad was then offered a position as a paid intern from September 2006 to September 2008. During that time, he was assigned to the Appellate Unit, where he researched and wrote briefs including direct appeals, post-conviction relief, and municipal appeals. In September 2008, the ECPO hired him as a legal assistant assigned to the Appellate and Homicide Units. In addition to writing briefs for the Appellate Unit, he was responsible for writing communication data, search, and trap and trace warrants for all Essex County law enforcement agencies. Former Prosecutor Paula T. Dow (former NJ Attorney General and current Superior Court Judge) hired him as an Assistant Prosecutor in 2009. As an Assistant Prosecutor, he tried numerous jury and bench trials.
In August of 2016, Ahmad was appointed by Mayor Ras Baraka to the position of Chief Municipal Prosecutor for the City of Newark, New Jersey. As the Chief Municipal Prosecutor, he supervised the daily operation of the largest Municipal Prosecutor’s Office in the State, handling the most cases of any Municipal Prosecutor’s Office within the State of New Jersey. In December of 2018, with the blessing of Mayor Baraka, Ahmad returned to the ECPO as a part of the Executive Staff of the newly appointed Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N Stephens, III.
In addition to excelling as a Deputy Chief Assistant Prosecutor, Ahmad takes pride in improving himself within the legal community and helping the community in which he serves. In 2015 he was one of 14 young, New Jersey attorneys selected to participate in the New Jersey Bar Association’s 2015 Leadership Academy Inaugural Class. Ahmad was also one of 20 selected by the New Jersey Attorney General to serve on a workgroup focused on clarifying the scope of prosecutorial discretion in marijuana related cases. Additionally, Ahmad participates in many community outreach programs through his affiliation with various groups.