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Workplace investigations allow Ashlyn to practice the aspects of the law that she enjoys most: research, writing, neutral fact-finding, impartial analysis and fair, evidence-based conclusions. Working as an investigator gives her the opportunity to expand her legal expertise while still pursuing her passion for justice.


Ashlyn began her career as a trial attorney for the Department of Homeland Security, focusing on immigration, national security and human rights law. As a member of the specialized Human Rights litigation team, she successfully prosecuted human traffickers, war criminals and human rights violators.

Prior to joining the firm in 2020, Ashlyn worked with the Transitional Justice Institute in Belfast, Northern Ireland investigating allegations of human rights abuses.

In law school at the University of Minnesota, Ashlyn was an editor for the University of Minnesota Journal of International Law. She also served as a student practitioner in the Human Rights and International Advocacy Clinic.

Outside the Office

Ashlyn enjoys hiking, camping, kayaking and photography. One of her photos was featured in Moon Publishing’s “California Hiking: The Complete Guide to 1,000 of the Best Hikes in the Golden State.” She and her partner belong to three cats, and they regularly foster kittens.

“If you want to be a true professional, do something outside yourself.” — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

  • Department of Homeland Security, “One OPLA Award,” 2020
  • Dean’s List University of Minnesota Law School, 2014-2016
  • First Prize at Phi Alpha Theta Conference for submission “Allies at Odds: Anthony Comstock and the Women’s Christian Temperance Union,” 2013
  • Dean’s List, High Honors, Carnegie Mellon University, 2010-2013
  • Carnegie Mellon University Senior Leadership Award, 2013
  • Carnegie Mellon University Friedman Fellow, 2012
  • Sigma Tau Delta Honor Society, 2011
  • Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society, 2011

Related Publications

Archived Publications

  • “Love in the Time of ‘Propaganda:’ Russian Anti-LGBT Laws, the International Legal Response, and Future Implications, author, May 2015 [24 Minn. J. Int’l L. 1 (2015)]
  • “Allies at Odds: Frances Willard of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union and Anthony Comstock of the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice,” author/presenter, Phi Alpha Theta Western Pennsylvania Regional Conference, April 6, 2013
  • “Abortion and the Constitution: Finding and Maintaining the Right to Privacy,” author/presenter, Carnegie Mellon Meeting of the Minds Research Symposium, April 29, 2013


University of Minnesota Law School, J.D.

Carnegie Mellon University; B.A., History/Creative Writing

Areas of Expertise



State Bar of California

Minnesota State Bar