Ashley McGovern

Ashley McGovern is a student at Cornell Law School. She received her B.A. from Cornell University, magna cum laude, where she double majored in Government and Feminist, Gender & Sexuality Studies and received the Philo Sherman Bennett Prize for her senior honors thesis, entitled: “Deprivation of Life and Liberty: Gender Ascription and the Unintelligible Transgender Citizen.” In college, she received recognition for her various roles as a campus organizer and activist and interned at the ACLU LGBT & AIDS Project and the Children’s Defense Fund. After college, she served with AmeriCorps as a teacher and tutor of low-income adults and youth in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. While in New York City, she was a member of the Young Leaders Council at the LGBT Community Center, a Fellow with the New Leaders Council, and a volunteer with the LGBT Project at New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG). At Cornell Law, she is an associate member of the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy and serves on a number of public interest focused committees and organizations. She is also the President of Cornell’s LGBT law student organization and recently completed a summer clerkship with the National Center for Lesbian Rights in San Francisco as an Arent Fox LLP Public Interest Fellow.