We had the good fortune of connecting with Ashley Lewis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ashley, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
The most important factor behind my success would be family, friends, mentors, and my sorority sisters. Through their relentless support, I have been able to acquire one of the most distinguished degrees known to man. The journey has been hard, but it has also been rewarding. Coupled with hard work and a lot of sacrifices, are other contributing factors behind my success. Not to mention, God was really the one who ordered my steps so that I could be in alignment with my calling.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Well, I am elated to start with the fact that I am a recent law school graduate. A journey that I struggled through the past four years and am now preparing to embark upon becoming a licensed attorney!
What truly sets me apart from others, is that I am willing to work harder than most. I have never placed myself above anyone and I do not mind starting from the bottom and working my way up. I grew up in a family where hard work was not only taught, but required. I worked two jobs immediately upon graduating from law school, just to make it through. It was not always easy, but I consistently put in the time, work and effort required. I also surrounded myself with positive people who poured into me constantly. No one can succeed in this journey alone, you need positive people in your corner to cheer you on!
Throughout my journey, I have learned many tough life lessons along the way, but each life lesson has helped me to grow. Overall, I have learned to stay fast in my mission and purpose and to hold on to my faith.
My brand is about authentically being me, which is something no one can ever take away from me. I was once a little girl who wanted to become a lawyer and now, I am Ashley S. Lewis, J.D. and a soon to be licensed attorney! I am a living witness of what you can achieve when you put your mind to it! I have aspirations of practicing corporate law in the areas of finance, banking, and securities upon taking and passing the Georgia bar exam.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If my best friend was visiting the area, I would take her to the High Museum as that is one of my favorite spots in Atlanta! I would also take her to Beltline, Ponce City Market, and Piedmont Park. On another day, we would visit the Aquarium. In addition, I would also take her to Sage Woodfire Tavern for brunch and then Blue Martini-Buckhead for dinner or a night out. For me, these are some of the most exciting places to visit in Atlanta!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to dedicate this shout out to my family, especially my mother, Tracy, my sister, Kendra and my brother, Gregory, Diane Wiley, Brennon Wiley and cousin, SheQuesha Goss.
All of my sorority sisters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, especially La’Che Williams, Toyin Alaka, Dynika Giles, Krystal Craig, Mary Purnell, and Tiffany Sorrells.
My mentors: Adrienne Mayfield, Tiffany Watkins, Jamie Graham, Aleta McLaurin, Kimberly Adams, David McMichael and Cindy Whittemore.
My law school family, Atlanta John Marshall Law School, especially Dean Harrison Mercer, Dean Hope Jamison, Cynthia Davenporte, Michelle Cooper, and Professor Jeffrey Van Detta.
Organizations that have supported me throughout my journey: Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys, Georgia Association for Women Lawyers, the National Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.
Other: Clubhouse: @AshleyandLaw
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