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Leigh Ann obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Emory University in 2007.  She then attended Harvard Law School, where she helped prepare successful applications for asylum at Harvard’s Immigration and Refugee Clinic.  After graduation, Leigh Ann completed a fellowship with the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Immigration Justice Project, where she focused on protecting the rights of immigrant workers in the South.  She did extensive outreach into rural communities in Georgia and Alabama.

Leigh Ann then began working as a Staff Attorney at the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, where she worked on many cases, including appeals from criminal, post-conviction, civil rights, and employment decisions.  Leigh Ann also addressed petitions for review from the Board of Immigration Appeals.

Leigh Ann was born in Anderson, South Carolina and raised in Elberton, Georgia.  During law school, she spent a significant amount of time in Cape Town, South Africa.  Leigh Ann lives in Atlanta with her two dogs, Lolo and Mila.

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  • Emory University, B.A., 2007

    • Summa cum laude

  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 2010

  • Admitted to practice law in

    • Georgia, 2010

  • Southern Poverty Law Center’s Immigrant Justice Project, 2010-2011

  • 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, Staff Attorney’s Office, 2012-2015

Leigh Ann is also a founding board member of Witness Change, an organization dedicated to documenting seldom-addressed human rights abuses through photography, journalism, and academic research and improving the lives of those who have experienced those abuses and for those who are yet to come.

Leigh Ann is an adjunct professor at the Emory University School of Law, teaching Criminal Appeals and Post-Conviction Litigation—a course that she designed.  Leigh Ann is also on the faculty at Emory’s Kessler-Eidson Program for Trial Techniques.  Leigh Ann has been quoted in the AJC, the New York Times, and the Washington Post