Leigh Ann Davis

Leigh Ann Davis, M.S.S.W., M.P.A.
Director, Criminal Justice Initiatives

With almost 20 years of experience in the I/DD (intellectual and/or developmental disability) and criminal justice field, Ms. Davis has worked with both disability and criminal justice professionals and agencies, as well as self-advocates, to build stronger lines of open communication and understanding between these two worlds. She has authored numerous publications, including curricula, scholarly articles, fact sheets and brochures on a broad array of topics (including victims, offenders/suspects, death penalty, victims with FASD) and presented at state, national and international conferences to enlighten others about the unique issues faced by people with I/DD in the criminal justice system. Ms. Davis serves as The Arc’s subject matter expert related to criminal justice issues and as consultant for other agencies, such as The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Training and Technical Assistance Center and Vera Institute of Justice. As a childhood survivor of sexual abuse, she intuitively understands the challenges victims face and their need for timely and effective support, and brings this passion to the goal of ensuring people with I/DD have access to accommodations in the criminal justice system, whether suspect, offender or victim.


Ashley Brompton, J.D., Criminal Justice Fellow

Ms. Brompton completed her J.D. at Wake Forest University School of Law and her B.A. degree at Florida Gulf Coast University. She is passionate about the rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and is pursuing a career advocating on their behalf. Her personal experience as a sibling of someone with a disability fuels her goal of working in the area of criminal justice/disability advocacy as an attorney. She interned at the Mental Health Division of the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia as well as public defender’s offices in North Carolina. Her passion is post-conviction public policy, with an emphasis on issues of mental illness and intellectual and developmental disabilities and their impact on criminal convictions. In law school, she worked with the Innocence and Justice Clinic as well as the Criminal Justice Program. 




Hillary Frame

NCCJD Intern

Hillary Frame is currently a law student at Wake Forest University and graduated from Vassar College with a degree in psychology and a minor in anthropology. Before attending law school she was a case manager for people who were homeless and had disabilities in New Orleans. Ms. Frame is the project coordinator at Wake Forest for the Education Surrogacy Project which provides children in foster care with a surrogate parent to advocate for them at IEP meetings. She is also active in the Teen Court, Lawyer on the Line, and Reclaiming Futures Projects.




Laura Johnson

NCCJD Intern

Laura Johnson is currently a law student at the University of New Mexico, School of Law. Her passion for advocacy comes from her experiences as a parent of a son with autism spectrum disorder. Before attending law school she graduated from Regis University with a degree in Organization Development. She also received a Post-Degree Certificate in Paralegal Studies and worked in a personal injury law firm. She has volunteered with Parent Reaching Out, and held legal internships with Pegasus Legal Services for Children and The Law Offices of the Public Defenders. Current interests include the Innocence and Justice Project, Secretary of the Association of Public Interest Law, and mental disability in an international context.


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