Ashley Thornton Summer Law Student


Speaks:  English, French


Primary office:  Toronto



Ashley Thornton

Ashley Thornton is a summer law student in Gowling WLG's Toronto office. She is completing her juris doctor at the Schulich School of Law.

Ashley completed her bachelor of arts at St. Thomas University with a double major in criminology and psychology, and a double minor in human rights and law, politics & society. While at St. Thomas, Ashley gained oral advocacy experience through STU’s Moot Court team – competing in both the American Moot Court Association and the Stetson International Environmental Moot Court competition.

Throughout her time in law school, Ashley has been involved in the Dalhousie Feminist Legal Association, the Dalhousie Student Advocacy Services, and has been involved in two Pro Bono projects. She gained legal research experience working as a research assistant for both the Access to Justice and Law Reform Institute and the Muriel McQueen Centre for Family Violence Issues.

Ashley will focus her summer term in the firm’s Advocacy Department.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2025

    • Education
       2025
      Schulich School of Law, JD (expected)
  • 2023

    • Community
      September 2023
      The Dallaire Institute for Children, Peace & Security, Pro Bono Student (September 2023 – April 2024)
    • Rankings & Awards
      July 2023
      Schulich School of Law, Borden Ladner Gervais Professional Excellence Award
  • 2022

    • Community
      September 2022
      Nova Scotia Legal Aid, Pro Bono Student (September 2022 – April 2023)
    • Community
      September 2022
      Dalhousie Feminist Legal Association, Chair (September 2022 – Present)
    • Community
      September 2022
      Dalhousie Student Advocacy Services, Enhanced Advocacy Team Advocate (September 2022 – April 2023)
    • Rankings & Awards
      September 2022
      Schulich School of Law , Schulich Entrance Scholarship (September 2022 – April 2025)
    • Rankings & Awards
      April 2022
      Stetson International Environmental Moot Court Competition - Quarter Finalist
    • Rankings & Awards
      April 2022
      St. Thomas University, Bertha L. Miller Memorial Scholarship (April 2022)
    • Rankings & Awards
      April 2022
      St. Thomas University’s Student Union, Dr. Daniel O’Brien Award
    • Rankings & Awards
      February 2022
      North American Regional for the Stetson International Environmental Moot Court Competition - Regional Champions; Best Overall Written Brief + Best Oralist in the Final Round
    • Education
       2022
      St. Thomas University, Bachelor of Arts, double major in Criminology and Psychology, and a double minor in Human Rights and Law, Politics & Society
  • 2021

    • Community
      October 2021
      Liberty Lane, Trauma-informed Volunteer (October 2021 – July 2022)
    • Rankings & Awards
      September 2021
      CC Goodwin Consulting - Do Good & Be Great Bursary
  • 2020

    • Rankings & Awards
      December 2020
      Medavie Blue Cross - Medavie Blue Cross Scholarship
    • Rankings & Awards
      November 2020
      American Moot Court Competition - Quarter Finalist
    • Community
      October 2020
      New Brunswick Students Alliance, Advocacy Week Delegate (October - November 2020)
    • Community
      September 2020
      Government of New Brunswick (Victim Services), Court Support Volunteer (September 2020 – August 2022)
  • 2019

    • Community
      October 2019
      Jack.Org, Jack Talk Speaker (October 2019 – July 2021)
    • Rankings & Awards
      October 2019
      New Maryland Lions Club - New Maryland Lions Club Scholarship
    • Community
      September 2019
      St. Thomas University Mental Health Society, Co-President and Co-Founder (September 2019 – August 2022)
    • Community
      September 2019
      St. Thomas University, Peer Mentor (September 2019 – April 2020)
    • Community
      September 2019
      St. Thomas University Students Union, Positive Mental Health Committee Member (September 2019 – May 2022)
    • Community
      September 2019
      St. Thomas University Students Union, Sexual Assault Prevention Committee Member (September 2019 – May 2022)
    • Community
      September 2019
      University of New Brunswick + St. Thomas University, University Women’s Centre Volunteer (September 2019 – April 2020)
    • Community
      May 2019
      Amnesty International, Human Rights College Delate (May 2019 – June 2019)
    • Community
      January 2019
      Canadian Alliance of Student Associations, Students Lets Act Campaign Ambassador (January 2019 – February 2019)
  • 2018

    • Community
      September 2018
      St. Thomas University Pre-Law Society, Member (September 2018 – May 2022)
    • Rankings & Awards
      September 2018
      St. Thomas University, Francis M. McLaughlin Scholarship (September 2018 – April 2022)
    • Community
      January 2018
      Canadian Blood Services, General Volunteer (January 2018 – August 2018).