Growing up in the South, Ashland often witnessed the brazen hostility directed towards the queer community. In 2006, she was asked to voluntarily resign from her job when her supervisor discovered she was gay. When she refused, she was terminated and denied her right to appeal. Ashland’s experience fighting her employer’s decision and working with local equal rights organizations to test her city’s commitment to queer rights fueled her desire to go to law school and become an equal rights advocate.
Ashland graduated from Georgia Law School where she was an active equality advocate and community leader. She was the president of her school’s OUTLaw and American Constitution Society chapters, and an active volunteer with Georgia Equality. Because of her commitment to equal rights, during her 1L summer Ashland was awarded the QLaw grant and interned with Lambda Legal where she assisted with ongoing and potential equal rights cases. During her 2L summer, Ashland was also selected as a Holley Law Fellow with the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force to help promote pro-LGBTQ legislation. And during her 3L year, she worked with the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia.
Ashland has been awarded the Equal Justice Foundation Summer Fellowship, the Equal Justice Works Summer Corps grant, and the Bill and Ann Shepherd Equal Rights Scholarship. She is also a member of the national Board of Directors of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy. After law school, Ashland will continue her social justice work as a Law Fellow with the National Women’s Law Center.
Ashland joined Point’s Board of Directors in 2013.