When I was in seventh grade, an Assistant District Attorney came to my school. Following her presentation, I knew I wanted to be an attorney. She was captivating and spoke with such enthusiasm. I remember her passion and apply the same high level of energy through my education law practice.
Ashley Jackson is an Associate in the Adams and Reese Intersection of Business and Government Practice Group, representing institutional clients primarily in education law, including their operational, regulatory, and labor and employment matters.
Practicing in both the Adams and Reese Baton Rouge and New Orleans offices, Ashley was formerly an Attorney with the Louisiana Department of Education, Assistant Attorney General with the Louisiana Department of Justice, and Administrative Law Judge with the Louisiana Workforce Commission.
With the LDOE, Ashley provided legal counsel pertaining to a variety of labor and employment related matters; represented the Department in EEOC claims, employment-related litigation matters, and disclose of documents; and developed and conducted employee onboarding.
Representative Matters in Education Law
- Provided legal counsel to the State of Louisiana on all matters pertaining to compliance with the Louisiana Charter Demonstrations Law and state and federal special education laws, including matters involving the Louisiana State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) and the Recovery School District (RSD).
- Advised BESE on matters pertaining to the operation of Type 2 charter schools, including the implementation of procedures to mitigate risk and legal exposure.
- Advised RSD on all matters pertaining to its operations, including compliance with building regulations and facilities management agreements and the negotiation of service contracts with various outside entities.
- Prepared, reviewed, and negotiated contracts, memoranda of understanding, and other legal documents for the LDOE and RSD, including lease agreements, construction agreements, and employment documents.
- Ensured the protection of sensitive employee/student data and information protected by HIPAA, FERPA, and other student data privacy laws
Ashley is active in the Baton Rouge community. She is an active member of the Baton Rouge Bar Association. She has also coordinated the Angola CLE.
Ashley earned her J.D. from Southern University Law Center. She formerly served as SULC Associate General Counsel, and she continues to give back to her law school through her work with the SULC Outreach Program. While in law school, Ashley was Parliamentarian of the Moot Court Board, Articles Editor of Journal of Race, Gender and Poverty; and was a CALI Award Recipient for Trial Advocacy.
Originally a native of Columbia, South Carolina, Ashley has a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Child and Family Studies from Columbia College. She was the Chair of the Pre-Law Society.
- Southern University Law Center, J.D., 2014
- Columbia College, B.A., 2008
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
- Baton Rouge Bar Association – Belly Up with the Bar
- Angola CLE
- Southern University Law Center Outreach Program
- O’Brien House Recovery Center, Board Member
Areas of Practice
Professional Affiliations & Memberships
- Louisiana State Bar Association
- Baton Rouge Bar Association – Young Lawyers Section Council, Secretary
- Louis A. Martinet Legal Society