Ashley Orjiako – Associate

A daughter of immigrant parents from Nigeria, Ashley has first-hand experience in the real-life impact our immigration laws and policies have on families and has a passion to advocate for the rights and opportunities of people of diverse backgrounds. Through her family’s experience with the complex immigration system, she has also developed a deeper understanding of the needs of others who desire to live and work in the United States.

After obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice & Criminology from Washington State University, she went on to obtain a Juris Doctor degree from California Western School of Law. While in law school, she gained both criminal and immigration experience from various internships advocating on behalf of clients in state court and helping individuals with family-based cases before USCIS. In addition to her internship experiences, Ashley served as Board Member on the Moot Court Honors Board and Black Law Student Association. She also competed in ABA Negotiation Competitions for California Western’s Alternative Dispute Resolution team.

Upon passing the California Bar, Ashley has gained valuable experience in various types of immigration matters, including securing nonimmigrant employment-authorizing visas in the Temporary Agricultural Program and continuing to assist with family-based cases.

In her spare time, Ashley enjoys traveling, cooking traditional Nigerian meals, taking dance classes in studios throughout the San Diego and LA area, and spending time with family and friends. She is a dual citizen of Nigeria and the United States and conversant in Igbo language.

Education

Juris Doctor
California Western School of Law
San Diego, CA

Bachelor’s degree
Criminal Justice & Criminology, Minor in Comparative Ethnic Studies
Washington State University
Pullman, WA

Professional Memberships

American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)

Languages

Conversational in Igbo