Alexandria Burns is an Assistant United States Attorney focused on Violent Crime in the Southern District of Illinois. Ali served as an Assistant Circuit Attorney in Saint Louis City for over 4 years, where she prosecuted gun and violent crimes, as well as domestic violence and sex crimes. Ali has a specific interest in advocating for victims of sexual violence and human trafficking.
Born and raised in Saint Louis, Ali is a graduate of Webster University, where she studied at the Geneva, Switzerland and Leiden, Netherlands campuses. Ali earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Legal Studies with emphasizes in French and Human Rights. Ali earned her Juris Doctorate from Saint Louis University School of Law. Ali has previously served on the Junior Boards for the International Institute and RISE Community Development.
While in undergrad, Ali was awarded a scholarship to attend the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York City. Ali was also selected to participate in Harvard's Model UN in Den Haag, the Netherlands. While studying in the Netherlands, Ali spent extensive time observing proceedings at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and Special Court for Sierra Leone.
While in law school, Ali completed a judicial externship for the Honorable Judge William D. Stiehl in the United States District Court in the Southern District of Illinois. She also served as a faculty fellow for Professor Stephen C. Thaman and co-authored an article on the United States' juvenile justice system. Ali represented SLU Law on the Jessup International Moot Court and the National ABA Moot Court teams. Ali was president of the International Law Students' Association and an active member of Law Students for Reproductive Justice.
Ali is a graduate of Nerinx Hall High School and currently coaches the Mock Trial team. Ali recently moved to Soulard and is an avid traveler in her free time.