Ashley Perkinson represents both statewide and national organizations at the North Carolina General Assembly. She has grown her practice by always keeping her clients' interest and success as the focus of her work. Ashley's interest in government and policy began during her service to then Speaker Harold Brubaker and Majority Leader Leo Daughtry in the 1990s. She also served as a West Wing Press Office intern to President Bill Clinton and Congressional intern to Representative Howard Coble.
Ashley currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the North Carolina Symphony. She also formerly served as president of the Phi Beta Kappa Association of Wake County, chair of the Distinguished Guests Committee of the Junior League of Raleigh's 2013 Inaugural Ball, secretary of the Wake County Bar Association, chair of the Wake County Bar Association Bylaws Committee, and legislative chair of the North Carolina Bar Association's Constitutional Rights and Responsibilities Section. In 2011, Ashley was named by Triangle Business Journal as one of the Triangle's 40 Under 40.
Ashley is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Journalism and School of Law. Ashley enjoys providing government relations services to her clients. She also enjoys coaching her daughters' Odyssey of the Mind team.
A Message from Ashley
Dear North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys,
I am excited and honored to represent you at the North Carolina General Assembly this year. As a fellow attorney, I look forward to connecting with old friends in the profession and making new ones. While the representation of women in the legal profession has grown significantly over the last few decades, it is important to continue to be informed and involved in the profession and also engaged in the development of new laws that impact our State. I hope to effectively communicate many of these policy developments to you this year and hope that you will act on information received from the Association.
Your voice is especially important when you look at the demographics of our General Assembly. According to the National Conference of State Legislators, women make up 51% of the State's population, yet only 22% of legislators in the North Carolina General Assembly are women. Attorneys make up 18% of the North Carolina General Assembly. You can find other interesting legislator demographic information on the National Conference of State Legislator's website.
In addition, this year will likely be a dynamic time for the North Carolina General Assembly as we move toward the November general elections. We will also see the retirement this year of longtime legislative leaders like House Judiciary Committee Chair Rep. Leo Daughter and Sen. Rules Committee Chair Tom Apodaca who have announced that they are not running for reelection after this year's short session.
In even-numbered years like 2016, the North Carolina General Assembly convenes for a short session. This year's short session begins on April 25. In the coming months, I look forward to meeting many of you. I also encourage you to get to know your state senator and state representative. You can find contact information for your state senator and state representative by clicking here and inserting your address. Please make sure you tell your legislators that you are a member of the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys. Though it often only takes a few minutes to make your voice heard with your policymakers, the impact can be significant.
Ashley Matlock Perkinson