Ashley Williams was raised in the foster care system where she lived in 36 foster homes and attended 26 schools before attending Dorsey High School. While at Dorsey, she was enrolled in the Law Magnet program and participated in Teen Court and the Young Lawyers program.
Ashley graduated Dorsey High School and attended UCLA where she co-founded the Bruin Guardian Scholars Program, which assists former foster youth in navigating the university system. Ashley is a recipient of many awards such as the Ashley Williams Law Computer Center at Dorsey High School, the UCLA Law Fellows, Jackie Robinson Foundation, Justice Corps Fellow, Sidley and Austin LLP Diversity Initiative Scholarship, California ChangeLawyers 1L Scholarship 2013, Langston Bar Association Scholarship, Black Women Lawyers of Los Angeles Foundation Scholarship, and many more.
Ashley attended Southwestern Law School. While at Southwestern, she pursued her commitment to advocating for children’s rights through her coursework and community work in the Street Law Clinic, the Associate for Corporate Counsel Program, and the Children’s Rights Clinic. All programs that allowed her to develop her legal skills and continue her community activism and leadership work with youth in the community.
Throughout law school, she was a mentor for the Dorsey High School Teen Court Program, which is the same program she participated in as a high school student, served as the Chair of the Public Interest Law Committee (PILC), and was a Dean’s Fellow where she taught first-year students how to become academically successful.
After serving as a law clerk with Judge Harry Pregerson in the Ninth Circuit, she worked as a Congressional Intern for Congresswoman Karen Bass, where she drafted a policy report and presented her results at a congressional briefing around the issue of sexual abuse occurring in the foster care system.
Most recently, Ashley continued to take steps toward her dream career as a law clerk for the Children’s Law Center. Ashley’s law interests are Juvenile Dependency, Delinquency, Family Law, and Estate Planning. Her end goal is to obtain a Judgeship.