PUBLISHED:April 10, 2024

Ashe-Card, James ’96 elected to NALP Board of Directors


Associate Dean Alison Ashe-Card will lead the organization in advising legal professionals, students, and law schools 

Alison Ashe-Card and Sylvia James Alison Ashe-Card and Sylvia James '96

Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Alison Ashe-Card and Sylvia James ’96 have been elected to leadership positions for the National Association for Law Placement (NALP) in advance of the organization’s annual meeting this month. 

Ashe-Card was voted president-elect of the organization and will serve a three-year term. James will serve a two-year term as the vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusion. Their terms will begin on April 19 during NALP’s annual meeting in Boston. 

NALP is an association of legal professionals who advise law students, lawyers, law offices, and law schools and is run by volunteer leadership. Ashe-Card’s term will include three phases, president-elect, president, and immediate past president.

Ashe-Card joined Duke Law in 2023 as the inaugural associate dean for diversity, equity, and inclusion. She currently serves in a number of volunteer and pro bono capacities, including on the boards of the North Carolina Bar Association, North Carolina Bar Foundation, The Winston-Salem Foundation Piedmont Federal Savings Bank, and Triad American Heart Association. Prior to coming to Duke, she worked for a decade at Wake Forest University School of Law and was a products liability attorney at Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice (now Womble Bond Dickinson) for 14 years.

In 2020, James was named the first chief diversity & inclusion office for Winston & Strawn in Washington, D.C. Prior to that appointment, she worked with leadership at the firm to develop a comprehensive strategy for recruiting, developing, retaining, and promoting minorities, women, and LGBTQ lawyers and staff.