Ashley Ward is an Ohio Access to Justice Foundation Justice for All Fellow with the Second Chance Project. She joined the Ohio Justice & Policy Center staff in September 2023. She provides legal services, policy advocacy, outreach, and education, specializing in housing law. Ashley educates the public about housing barriers for Ohioans with criminal records while providing legal services and policy advocacy for Ohioans impacted by the criminal legal system’s interactions with housing law. She aims to ultimately provide housing security for Ohioans with criminal records.
Ashley graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where she served as Managing Editor of the Immigration and Human Rights Law Review and a Senior Articles Editor of the internationally acclaimed Human Rights Quarterly. She spent her law school career advocating for human rights, including as a legal intern for an administrative judge at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Washington, D.C., and a legal intern for the Ohio Justice & Policy Center through the Squire Patton Boggs Foundation Public Policy Fellowship. Following her initial internship at OJPC, she continued to provide pro bono services as a senior legal intern at OJPC.
Prior to law school, Ashley graduated from the University of Louisville with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and minors in Criminal Justice and Spanish. She studied abroad for a semester at the University of Brighton, England.