Woman who's accused of practicing law without a license is fired

Jim Hanzo
June 25, 2019 - 4:38 pm

The Orleans Public Defender's employee was fired Tuesday, a day after the news came out that she handled more than 100 cases without a law license.

Ashley Crawford, had worked at the Public Defender’s Office since September 2018, but there was no record by the Louisiana Bar Association of her being a licensed lawyer.  Crawford graduated from Loyola University College of Law.  

Crawford is now under criminal investigation by the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office.  

Just a day ago, DA Leon Cannizzaro issued a statement about the allegations, calling them “a criminal offense and a grave violation of the public trust in the criminal justice system.”

Crawford also reportedly used someone else’s bar number while conducting cases. 

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