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Carol R. Ashley

Title/s: Vice President of Advocacy, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

Specialty Area: ChildLaw (Campus), Education Law

E-mail: carolashley@povertylaw.org


Carol Ashley serves as Vice President of Advocacy for the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, which actively pursues justice and opportunity on a range of issues.

Prior to this position, she served as President of Futterman, Howard & Ashley, P.C., where she headed the law firm's civil rights and school equity practice and oversaw corporate and personnel matters. While working at the firm, Ms. Ashley partnered with proactive school districts and community organizations to rectify civil rights violations. She also served as lead counsel in federal education equity class action lawsuits. Since joining the Sargent Shriver Center, Ms. Ashley continues to work on the firm matter of McFadden v. School District U-46, an education equity case involving English Language Learner, student assignment, and gifted and talented issues.

Ms. Ashley frequently has served as a panelist and presenter discussing school equity issues for public and private educational institutions and organizations, including presentations at the National Alliance of Black School Educators Annual Conference and as a guest on the WTTW-TV Chicago Tonight broadcast regarding the termination of the Chicago Public Schools Desegregation Court-Ordered Decree. Ms. Ashley also served as a board member of one of Chicago’s first charter schools.


J.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School, 1994
University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, 1994-1995
B.A., Northwestern University, 1991

Program Areas

Education Litigation: Impact of Civil Rights Equity Cases on K-12 and Post-Secondary School Policies


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