Barbara Lynn Ashcroft
Director of LL.M. in Trial Advocacy
Associate Professor of Law

Barbara Lynn Ashcroft joined the Beasley School of Law faculty in July 2007 as the Director of Temple University Beasley's School of Law's acclaimed LL.M. in Trial Advocacy program. A former Montgomery County Assistant District Attorney, Ms. Ashcroft spent seven years prosecuting more than 1,500 criminal cases comprising fraud, burglary, domestic violence, sexual assault, felony drug crime, and homicide. In 2005, she became the chief of the Montgomery County Sex Crimes Unit and was charged with overseeing the prosecution of all sexual assault crimes in the county. Along with maintaining a personal caseload in excess of one hundred and fifty cases, Ms. Ashcroft was also a member of several task forces: the Montgomery Sexual Assault Task Force, the Internet Crime Against Children Task Force, and the County Drug Task Force.

During her time at the District Attorney's Office, Ms. Ashcroft received special commendations for her exemplary performance in the investigations and prosecutions of felony crimes, including murder and multi-jurisdictional burglary. She has lectured on issues related to drug crime, assault, and child and victim advocacy. As a legal analyst, she has made expert guest appearances on television and radio shows regarding the criminal prosecution of sex crimes and homicides. A 1999 graduate of the Widener University School of Law, Ms. Ashcroft has also served as an Assistant District Attorney in Chester County and as a clerk in the Delaware County District Attorney's Office.

A seasoned litigator, Professor Ashcroft brings her extensive real world experiential background to Temple's LL.M. in Trial Advocacy program. She is an instructor in the LL.M. program and also coaches Temple's award-winning trial team, Ms. Ashcroft is committed to advancing both the educational and developmental missions of the institution.

J.D., Widener Law School
B.A., Richard Stockton College

Select Litigation

  • Commonwealth vs. Granese.
    First Degree Murder Conviction (December 30, 2005)
    Three-week jury trial, in which I presented wholly circumstantial evidence that the defendant had killed his wife of 34 years, and the jury delivered a unanimous guilty verdict of First Degree Murder.
    Montgomery County District Attorney's Commendation (January 6, 2006)
    I received a commendation for exemplary performance in the investigation and prosecution of Charles Angelo Granese for the murder of his wife.
  • Commonwealth vs. Gerald Bendig, Jr.
    Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse Conviction (May 2008)
    I prosecuted this pedophile, known in Bucks County as the "Rolls Royce" of sex offenders. The defense filed numerous pre-trial motions alleging "taint" and moved to keep the child witness (a 10- year-old boy from an Immigrant family) from testifying. Additionally, the defense moved to seal the defendant's prior record. The court allowed the child witness to testify but barred me from bringing in the defendant's prior three child-rape convictions. During the three day trial, the defense highlighted the Commonwealth's absence of corroborating physical or forensic evidence. Meanwhile, an interpreter was used to translate the 10-year old boy and his father's testimony. After forty minutes, the jury returned a unanimous guilty verdict and the defendant (now a convicted third strike child sex offender) was sentenced to life in prison.
  • Commonwealth vs. McKannan.
    Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse Conviction (September 4, 2007)
    Technology and dogged diligence by the Upper Merion police resulted in this conviction. The rape occurred shortly after 9:30 p.m. on August 30, 1998, but the woman could not identify her attacker because he blindfolded her before he raped her. Additionally, the State Police Lab did not initially recover DNA on the victim's clothing. By 2003, Upper Merion police resubmitted the items from this cold case to a new forensic scientist and DNA was recovered. A computerized match was made via CODIS and the DNA evidence resulted in a conviction after a three day trial.

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