Alison Ashe-Card became the inaugural Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion on July 1, 2023. She is an experienced litigator, career services professional, and DEI expert. Alison has written and presented on numerous diversity, equity, and inclusion topics, including a six-part series entitled "Making Noise: Doing Our Part to Dismantle Racism and White Supremacy in the Legal Profession" published in the NALP Bulletin.
Prior to joining Duke Law, Alison served as the Associate Director of Diversity & Inclusion in the Office of Career and Professional Development at Wake Forest Law. In this role, she led the development and implementation of the office’s educational programs as well as developing and guiding schoolwide diversity and inclusion initiatives. Before working in academia, Alison’s practice focused on high-profile product liability cases in federal and state courts nationwide. She began her career in legal services in Chicago.
Alison devotes countless hours every year to community and pro bono service. She currently serves on the boards of the North Carolina Bar Association, North Carolina Bar Foundation, The Winston-Salem Foundation (Board Chair), Piedmont Federal Savings Bank, and Triad American Heart Association. She is an inaugural member of Association of American Law Schools’ Pro Bono Honor Roll, a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and a recipient of the DRI Lifetime Community Service Award, the first North Carolina attorney to receive this award. Alison is also a recipient of the North Carolina Bar Association Citizen-Lawyer Award, and she has been recognized annually as a member of the North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society.
Alison received her JD from American University – Washington College of Law. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Spelman College, where she earned a BA in Political Science. She is a member of the North Carolina and Illinois State Bars.