top of page
I am legally hype

A.B. Burns-Tucker

A.B. Burns-Tucker is a graduate of Southwestern Law School who works as a social media influencer known as  “I AM LEGALLY HYPE.”  A.B. has gained over half a million followers across each social media platform by breaking down complicated political and legal issues in what is commonly known as African American Vernacular English (AAVE).  A.B. got her start when she began to publicly discuss her brother’s wrongful conviction.  A.B.’s brother, Brandon, was convicted when he was only 15 years old and was sentenced to 50 years to life in California state prison. 

As a result of her bold approach, A.B. has been featured in major news publications such as USA Today, Vox, and Yahoo News.  Her work has been featured on numerous platforms, including Van Jones’s podcast series “Uncommon Ground” and “The Giles Files,” and she is frequently invited to speak at schools on political and legal issues.  A.B. also has a weekly segment called “Believe the Hype” on the nationally syndicated radio station – The Morning Hustle.  A.B. was invited to meet President Biden at the White House in 2022. 

It is A.B.’s first-hand experience with a wrongfully convicted loved one that fuels her passion to assist this population of citizens and their families.  She earned her Bachelor’s Degrees in Political Science and Criminal Justice from San Francisco State University.  She also earned a Master’s Degree in Criminology, Law and Society from UC Irvine and before attending Southwestern Law School.   While in law school, A.B. served in a variety of leadership positions including President of the Student Bar Association, President of the Black Law Student Association, Student member on the Strategic Planning Committee and a board member of the Peer Mentor program.  In addition to her leadership roles, parenting responsibilities, and academic endeavors, A.B. found time to intern for, both, the Project of the Innocent and the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office.  

A.B. Burns-Tucker is a native of Los Angeles County.

Board Member

bottom of page