Professor Downing went to BGSU, where she received her Bachelor's Degree in English Language and Literature in 2002. She went back to BGSU in the fall of 2002 to get a teaching certificate and Masters in education, but in 2004 decided law school was a better fit. In 2004 Professor Downing attended Ohio Northern University College of Law. There, she was a member of ACS and was actively involved as a peer adviser. She graduated in 2007 and took and passed the July 2007 bar exam. Professor Downing worked at a local law office (Jacobs Law Office) from 2008 until 2009 when she decided to start her own legal practice. She practices general civil law with a focus on domestic relations and juvenile law, particularly Guardian ad Litem work.