Making a difference in a pandemic

Ashley McDowell ’06 with her family

As assistant attorney general for the state of Washington, 2006 South Carolina Honors College graduate Ashley McDowell is making a difference for its residents during the pandemic.

When the governor issued a moratorium on evictions, her team in the civil rights division was tasked with defending it.

“I felt really thankful that I got to contribute to the response in my own way and got to help people stay in their homes and not get evicted,” she said.

McDowell credits the mentality that she has in her professional career and carried throughout law school at Yale, to her time in the Honors College where she was encouraged to try different things, be bold, be curious and “just go for it.” 

During McDowell’s time in the Honors College, she participated in the South Carolina Semester Program and the Washington Semester Program.

“Those experiences solidified for me that I wanted to pursue public interest work,” McDowell says. “They have had a really big impact on my career choices so far.” 

Read the full story, written by Amanda Compton, on the South Carolina Honors College website.

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