Ethan Ashley



Howard University School of Law // Washington, DC

Juris Doctor, May 2011


  • CALI Award Recipient, Outstanding Academic Achievement in Federal Criminal Law
  • The Human Rights & Globalization Law Review, Best Comment in 2010 Write-On Competition


  • Senior Editor, The Human Rights & Globalization Law Review
  • Competitive Member, Huver I. Brown Trial Advocacy Moot Court Team
  • Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, lnc., Theta Tau Chapter

Howard University // Washington, DC

Bachelor of Science, Political Science, May 2008 (Completed four-year degree in three years Magna Cum Laude)


  • Thurgood Marshall Scholar, Scholarship Recipient
  • Dean’s list 2005-2008, Recognized Recipient


  • Hilltop (Howard University newspaper), Contributing Writer
  • Howard University Martin Luther King Mock Trial Team, Defense Attorney (National Team)


Urban League of Greater New Orleans // New Orleans, LA

Director of Community Engagement September 2014 — Present

Coordinate and manage local outreach and advocacy work to elected officials, business, clergy, government, community, and nonprofit leaders to garner support around policies, our direct run programs, and legislation that impact vulnerable families and communities. Implement and manage our Urban Leaders for Equity and Diversity (ULEAD) program, which is a premier training institute for Black leaders in the community on the current educational landscape in New Orleans to invoke political, advocacy, or policy participation. Implement and manage our internship program. Manage coordination of and content for our Rise Katrina 10 conference, which is our commemorative effort for Hurricane Katrina. Participate in and manage two employees who supervise 5 youth in the community coaching program, which is a juvenile court appointed alternative to detention initiative. Conduct speaking

Black Alliance for Educational Options // New Orleans, LA
Director of Community and Business Outreach November 2012 — August 2014

Coordinated and managed local outreach efforts and advocacy to Black leaders (elected officials, business, clergy, non-profit, etc.), District leaders (Local School Board, Board of Secondary Education, Recovery School District), and School leaders to garner support around K-12 public education policies and legislation that impact low income and working class Black families. Developed communal support through series of roundtables and one-on-one meetings for educational choice programs that provide low income and working class Black families high quality educational options. Raised local funds and managed current grants in access of 200 thousand dollars. Managed the day-to-day activities of two full time staff employees.

Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana // New Orleans, LA
Staff Attorney & Campaign Coordinator May 2011 - November 2012

Coordinated and managed the statewide litigation strategy and implementation of a recent Supreme Court ruling for approximately 280 impacted inmates serving a life sentence without parole for crimes committed while they werejuveniles. Drafted and filed motions (Correct Illegal Sentence, Reconsider, Continuance), assisted with in court negotiations, and coordinated legal visits. Drafted and lobbied on legislative policy to successfully enact legislation (Act 466) that ends life sentences forjuveniles in Louisiana. Managed and organized family and friends of incarcerated juveniles through skill building trainings/workshops on legislative policy and mobilization fixated on striking down life without parole sentences forjuveniles.


Ashley, E. (2008). The United States Criminal Justice System: A Critical Analysis of Media and African American Celebrity Based Incarceration Rates. The National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) 2008. The American Psychological Association Annual Conference, Washington, DC.


  • Youth Run NOLA — Board Member
  • lnNOLAvation- Member
  • Youth Study Literacy Program - Director
  • New Leaders Council Louisiana Chapter- Board Member
  • Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure - Race Committee
  • Volunteer Chair Urban League New Orleans Young Professionals- Member
  • WK. Kellogg Foundation Community Leadership
  • Network Fellow Howard University Louisiana Alumni ClUb- Board Member

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