of Darrell Taylor, Sr. and Marlene Harris-Taylor, she will
be following in the footsteps of some notable Columbia law
graduates including Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader
Ginsburg and former U. S. Attorney General Eric Holder.
graduated from The Ohio State University in May, summa cum
laude, with a 3.9 grade point average, after just three
years as an undergraduate student. Her undergraduate degree
is in public policy.
She is also a
member of the Ohio National Guard having joined the armed
forces her sophomore year at OSU. Taylor graduated from
military training at Fort Jackson in Columbia S.C. as the
distinguished honor graduate, which means she had the
highest GPA in her company. For this honor she received an
Army achievement medal.
undergraduate career, Taylor also volunteered for many
organizations and worked diligently to help register
students to vote as a member of the campus student Democrat
Her hard work
was recognized by the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign.
She was selected to give a short preliminary speech to a
crowd of 18,000 when Mrs. Clinton visited OSU during the
2016 presidential campaign.
worked as a Page for the Ohio Legislature in Columbus and
for the Ohio Unity Coalition in Toledo to help increase
African-American voter turnout. She also spent her summers
working with young students at the Toledo Boys and Girls
club and volunteering for Legal Aid in Columbus.
graduate of Maumee Valley Country Day school, Taylor is the
granddaughter of Lula Harris and the late Luther Harris,
Carenthia Higgs, Charles Taylor and the late Cathy Taylor.
to pursue a career as a public service attorney because as
she said, “To whom much is given much is expected.” Ashley
feels she has been blessed with opportunities, great parents
and a great education so she wants to give back.