Student, University of Miami School of Law
Ashley Matthews is a third year law student at the University of Miami School of Law, where she currently serves as a student reporter for the Miami Law website and the Public Relations Director for the Wrongful Convictions Project.
As an Articles Editor for the Race & Social Justice Law Review, Ashley's current research is focused on naturalization trials in immigration law. Ashley is a University of Miami School of Law public interest scholarship recipient and two-time HOPE summer public interest fellow. During the summer of 2011, Ashley worked as a Legal Intern for the Georgia Justice Project, an innovative legal non-profit that combines criminal defense and social services for low-income individuals. During the fall of 2011, Ashley participated in the Capital Defense Clinic and volunteered for the Miami-Dade Public Defender's Office. During the summer of 2010, Ashley worked as a Social Justice Summer Fellow for Florida Legal Services in Miami, FL. Ashley currently runs a social justice legal blog where she spotlights community and legal services organizations in the Miami-Dade area.
Originally from Houston, Texas, Ashley earned her Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, in both Broadcast Journalism and Political Science from Hampton University in Virginia. Prior to attending law school, she worked as a political reporter for the Scripps Howard Foundation Wire in Washington, D.C. She also held internships with KNBC Los Angeles and NBC-17 Raleigh/Durham. She is passionate about increasing access to justice in marginalized communities and learning about different languages and cultures.