A North Carolina native, Ashton has called the Triangle home for more than twenty years.
She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill earning a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Journalism and Women's and Gender Studies. While in college, she interned with the North Carolina Council for Women, where she played an integral part in the release and distribution of the 2012 Status Report on Women. She also earned a nomination for the Mary Turner Lane Award, which recognizes a woman who has made an outstanding contribution to the lives of women on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus. She received the nomination as a nod to her contribution to feminist scholarship with her thesis entitled, "Body Consciousness in the Greek System: Examining the Impact of Social Pressure on Disordered Eating Patterns."
Refusing to leave her Tar Heel roots behind, Ashton returned to Chapel Hill to attend the University of North Carolina School of Law. While at UNC, Ashton was published in Volume 15 of the First Amendment Law Review for her article, "The Right to Post: How North Carolina's Revenge Porn Statute Can Escape Running Afoul of the First Amendment Post-Bishop." Ashton then went on to serve as the Editor-in-Chief for Volume 16 of the First Amendment Law Review. Ashton also served as Vice President for the Media Law Society and as Mentorship Coordinator for Women in Law. Ashton was a member of the Student Bar Association and served on the Dean's Advisory Council as well as the Career Development Committee. Ashton also participated in the Domestic Violence Action Project, through which she assisted domestic violence survivors in obtaining 50B protective orders.
Ashton's passion for domestic violence advocacy led her to intern for the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence where she completed comparative law research that led to the filing and passage of Senate Bill 600, Britny's Law, in 2017. She also participated in lobbying efforts with the National Network to End Domestic Violence and assisted with direct legal services, law enforcement trainings, and policy research. Ashton also interned in other diverse practice areas, including: estate planning, tax, healthcare, employment, and First Amendment law.
As a 3L, Ashton was certified as a Student Practitioner in UNC's Immigration Clinic, wherein she assisted clients with filing complete applications for U-Visas, which allow for non-citizen victims of crimes committed in the United States to apply for citizenship status.
Since graduating, Ashton joined the Land Loss Prevention Project (LLPP) as a Staff Attorney in 2018. LLPP was founded in 1982 by the North Carolina Association of Black Lawyers to curtail epidemic losses of Black-owned land in North Carolina. Today, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization provides legal support and assistance to all financially distressed and limited resource farmers and landowners in North Carolina. Ashton primarily practices in the areas of: real property, estate planning, foreclosure defense, debt restructuring, and business entity creation.
Ashton lives in Cary, North Carolina with her partner and an array of cute animals. Pronouns: She/her/hers.
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|North Carolina Bar Association||Member||2018 - Present|
|First Amendment Law Review||The Right to Post: How North Carolina’s Revenge Porn Statute Can Escape Running Afoul of the First Amendment Post-Bishop||2016|
|University of North Carolina School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2018|
|University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill||BA - Bachelor of Arts, Journalism, Women's and Gender Studies||2014|