Ashley CarterCo-Deputy Director and Senior Staff Attorney, Justice Project
Ashley is Co-Deputy Director and Senior Attorney for our Justice Project. She began her career as a public defender in New York City with The Legal Aid Society. For almost five years Ashley represented hundreds of clients with cases ranging from low-level violations to serious felonies. Ashley has been active in community engagement including “know your rights” trainings for young people and adults, voter registration of inmates at Rikers Island Detention Facility in New York City, and mentorship development for the children of incarcerated parents in Brooklyn, New York.
After working in New York City, Ashley joined the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission as a Regional Manager where she worked to re-structure the public defender system across the state. Ashley closely advised county administrations and local court systems on how to re-structure their indigent defense systems by implementing practice standards for attorneys taking court appointed criminal cases developed by the MIDC. In this capacity Ashley created and presented trainings for attorneys taking court appointed cases, led policy reform discussions with various stakeholders about indigent defense, and helped counties create plans for ensuring that every citizen in the state had access to their constitutional right to counsel, regardless of their ability to pay.
Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Ashley attended college at Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia, and William and Mary Law School in Williamsburg, Virginia.