Ashley E. Lowe

Ashley E. Lowe


B.A. University of California- Los Angeles 1989
M.B.A. Georgetown University School of Business 1995
J.D., cum laude, Georgetown University Law Center 1995

Professor Lowe graduated cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center, where she also earned her Masters in Business Administration. She began her career in commercial litigation at one of San Francisco’s largest law firms where she litigated cases in both state and federal court. She moved to Michigan where she joined the law firm of Dickinson Wright, one of Michigan’s most prestigious firms.

Professor Lowe gave up her law firm practice to in order to advocate for survivors of domestic violence and those who can not afford legal representation. She joined Oakland Livingston Legal Aid as a family law staff attorney and later served as the Associate Director. After changes in federal funding closed Oakland Livingston Legal Aid, Professor Lowe started a family law legal program at the Women’s Survival Center.

At Cooley, Professor Lowe is the director of clinical programs at the Auburn Hills campus and director of the Family Law Assistance Project. FLAP is a collaboration between Lakeshore Legal Aid and Cooley that provides family law legal services in Oakland County. Students in FLAP represent low-income people in family law and domestic violence cases. In 2009, FLAP provided more than 800 individuals with legal assistance. FLAP students provided over 4000 hours of direct representation to needy clients.

Professor Lowe is very active in the local and state bar organizations. She is a member of the Oakland County Bar Association and its Family Court Committee. She is a sustaining member of the OCBA and a fellow of the Oakland County Bar Foundation. At the State Bar of Michigan, she is a member of the Pro Bono Initiative, the State Planning Body and the Domestic Violence Committee.

Professor Lowe has presented at numerous clinical law conferences and was a presenter at the 2009 Institute of Continuing Legal Education Family Law Institute.



Ashley E. Lowe, Pro Bono Spotlight: The Clients’ Perspective: Karen Rogers, 90 Mich. B.J. 49 (Oct. 2011).

C. Michael Bryce, Candace Crowley, and Ashley Lowe, No Malpractice Coverage? Not a Barrier to Pro Bono Service, 90 Mich. B.J. 38 (Oct. 2011).

Ashley Lowe and Sarah R. Prout, Economic Justice in Domestic Violence Litigation, 90 Mich. B.J. 32 (Sept. 2011).

Ashley E. Lowe, Community Collaboration: A Blended Domestic Violence Clinic, 10 Thomas M. Cooley J. Prac. & Clin. L. 375 (2008).

Ashley Lowe, Unique Community Partnership Fills Legal Services Gap, 87 Mich. B.J. 42 (June 2008).

Book Reviews and Other Short Works

Ashley E. Lowe, Why do Women Stay in Abusive Relationships? New Federal Reserve Rule Gives One More Reason, 42 Mich. Fam. L. J. 32 (Jan. 2012).

Ashley Lowe and Nina Dodge Abrams, Should We Mediate Cases Involving Domestic Violence? 543 Laches (publication of the Oakland Co. B. Assoc.) 9 (Nov. 2011).

Ashley Lowe, The Family Law Assistance Project, 502 Laches (publication of the Oakland Co. B. Assoc.) 15 (Nov. 2007).

Other Writings

Amicus Curiae Br. of the American Civil Liberties Union Fund of Michigan, Hunter v Hunter, 484 Mich. 247, 771 N.W.2d 694 (2009).


Ashley E. Lowe and Heidi Naasko, Personal Protection Orders (Dykema Training, July 2011).

Ashley E. Lowe and Rebecca Shiemke, Initial Pleadings and Service (Pro Bono Training Introduction to Domestic Violence Family Law, State Bar of Michigan, October 29, 2010).

Ashley E. Lowe and the Honorable Megan Maher Brennan, In Pro Per Parties in Family Court – An Interactive Session to Answer: “What’s a Judge to Do?” (The Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 8th Annual Family Law Institute, November 12-13, 2009).


Real-World Experience

Specialties: Commercial Litigation, Family Law, Domestic Violence Cases

Courses: Director of Clinical Programs at the Auburn Hills campus, Director of the Family Law Assistance Project

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