Ashley McDowell

Senior Staff Attorney

Ashley J. McDowell is a Senior Staff Attorney in the Domestic Violence/Family Law Unit. Ashley represents clients in child support matters as a member of Legal Aid’s Child Support Community Legal Services Project. Through the Project, Ashley serves parents involved in paternity and child support cases in the Paternity and Support Branch of the D.C. Superior Court. Ashley also regularly engages in legislative advocacy to reform the District’s child support system and conducts outreach in D.C. communities to educate parents about their rights in support cases.

Ashley graduated with a B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of South Carolina. She received her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she participated in the Advocacy for Children and Youth Clinic and the Immigration Legal Services Clinic and served on the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism. Prior to joining Legal Aid in June 2011, Ashley served as a law clerk for the Honorable Ellen Gesmer of the New York State Supreme Court.

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J.D., Yale Law School
     Yale Journal of Law and Feminism, Editor
B.A., University of South Carolina
     Phi Beta Kappa


Phone: (202) 661-5976
Fax: (202) 727-2132