Ashley Sawyer, JD

Special Education Advocacy for Incarcerated Youth

Ashley Sawyer currently serves as a Staff Attorney at Youth Represent, an organization that works to ensure young people affected by the criminal justice system have an opportunity to reclaim lives of dignity, self-fulfillment, and engagement in their communities.

Prior to joining Youth Represent, Ashley was a Stoneleigh Emerging Leader Fellow at the Education Law Center, where she implemented special education representation on behalf of incarcerated youth, led a project focused on reducing disproportionate school exclusion of black girls in Philadelphia, and played a role in eliminating suspensions for kindergarteners in Philadelphia schools. Ashley was also co-chair of the Legal Rights of Children Committee for the Philadelphia Bar Association and is an alumna of the National Juvenile Justice Network’s Youth Justice Leadership Institute.

Ashley holds a BA in political science from Rutgers University and a JD from Howard University’s School of Law.

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Emerging Leader Fellow

2014 - 2016

Education Law Center

Current Position

Staff Attorney
Youth Represent



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