Ashley Steele is a senior attorney with the Austin Police Department DNA Review Project, a collaborative effort between the Travis County District Attorney’s Office and the Capital Area Private Defender Service. Previously, she was a post-conviction attorney in the Office of Capital and Forensic Writs, a Texas state public defender office located in Austin that represents individuals in state post-conviction litigation.
Immediately upon graduating from law school, Ashley received a fellowship from Yale Law Initiative for Public Interest Law to work at Texas Defender Service in Austin on a project advocating for the creation of a state-wide public defender office for appeals in death penalty cases.
At Texas Law, Ashley participated in the Capital Punishment Clinic, the Actual Innocence Clinic, and the Criminal Defense Clinic, and she interned and volunteered for the Texas Defender Service in Austin throughout her time in law school. She also spent a summer working for the OCFW and served as a volunteer research assistant to a private attorney on a state habeas capital case.