Staff Attorney, Criminal Defense Practice
Ali discovered her passion for indigent defense through a high school internship in the Juvenile Division of her local public defender office in Harford County, Maryland. Her commitment to social justice continued at The George Washington University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology in 2011. During her time in Washington DC, Ali interned with the Superior Court of the District of Columbia studying newly implemented problem-solving courts and diversion programs.
Ali later received her Juris Doctor from the American University Washington College of Law in 2014 where she concentrated her studies on criminal defense and trial advocacy. Her scholarship focusing on race and the death penalty has been published by the American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy and the Law where she also served as the Executive Editor in her third year of law school. During law school, Ali also represented indigent clients in parole and probation revocation hearings in the District of Columbia and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.