In 1993 Halfman was chosen first as Jefferson County's Junior Miss, and as Alabama's Junior Miss. She placed sixth at that year's national competition in Mobile, and won a $1,000 scholarship. In 1995 she won the Miss Alabama Music Hall of Fame crown to qualify for the 1996 Miss Alabama pageant, where she was second runner-up. She returned to the pageant in 1997, and then, as Miss Cullman Area in 1998, performing a ballet to Stephen Sondheim's "Everybody Says Don't" and discussing her work in establishing mentoring programs in Alabama public schools. She was crowned by Beth Stomps on June 20. She was not a finalist in the 1999 Miss America pageant in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Meanwhile, Halfman earned her bachelor's degree in biology, summa cum laude, at Birmingham–Southern College in 1997. She went on to complete a Juris Doctorate at the University of Georgia School of Law, cum laude, in 2002. She has worked in the Atlanta and Washington D.C. offices of Jones Day and in Atlanta with Hartman, Simon, Spielman & Wood before joining the firm of Martin & Miller. She was made a partner of that firm in August 2013.
- "Ashley Halfman" (July 29, 2014) Wikipedia - accessed December 24, 2014