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Ashley Taylor 2021 Columbia Law School Bound

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Toledo native Ashley Alan Taylor is about to embark on a new journey as one a few select students chosen for the class of 2021 Columbia Law School in New York City.

According to the law school, over 6,000 candidates applied for the 370 spaces in the 2018 entering class.


The daughter 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.


Taylor 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. 


During her 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 club.

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. 


Taylor also 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.


A 2015 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.

Ashley plans 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.


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Revised: 09/13/18 06:03:35 -0700.

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