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Lawrence Ashe

Partner at Ashe, Rafuse & Hill in Atlanta, GA
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Meeting of May 16, 2007 - Employment Testing and Screening


  • Partner, Ashe, Rafuse & Hill, LLP, Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee.


  • A.B., Princeton University, magna cum laude, 1962.
  • LL.B., Harvard Law School, cum laude, 1967.

    • Lt., USNR, active duty on destroyer, 1962.64.


    • 95% of over thirty-nine years of law practice has been in jury and non-jury civil litigation, focusing on employment, labor and civil rights matters. National employment and discrimination law practice; approximately 90% defendant representation and 10% plaintiff.
    • Lead trial counsel in some of the largest class action employment and other discrimination cases actually tried to date, as well as numerous individual cases. Average three trials each year and a class action trial every three years.
    • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers.
    • Fellow, The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.
    • Member, Committee on Lawyer Qualifications and Conduct, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit (2001- ).
    • Special Assistant Attorney General, State of Georgia, for labor law and civil rights (1980-97).
    • Court Disciplinary Committee, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia (1992.96).
    • Master, Bleckley Inn of Court, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia (1990.).
    • Anti-Defamation League’s first Judge Elbert Tuttle Distinguished Jurisprudence Award (1998).


    • Management Co-Chair, EEO Committee, Labor and Employment Law Section, American Bar Association (1989-92).
    • Chair of the Jury Trial Subcommittee of the Employment and Labor Relations Law Committee, Litigation Section, American Bar Association (1982-86).
    • Chair, Government Liaison Subcommittee, EEO Law Committee, Labor and Employment Section, American Bar Association (1983.86).
    • Co-Chair, Publications Subcommittee, EEO Law Committee, Labor and Employment Section, American Bar Association (1986-1989); Chair (1989).
    • Co-Editor, 1989 Five-Year Cumulative Supplement and drafter of original Scored Tests Chapter and supplements thereto (ABA), Lindemann & Grossman, Employment Discrimination Law (BNA 1983).
    • Contributing Author, Employee Dismissal Law: Forms and Procedures (John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 1986).
    • 1976-78 Chair of EEO Law Committee of Defense Research Institute.
    • Founder, American Employment Law Council, and Employment Law Council of Georgia.
    • Member of Labor and Litigation Sections of ABA; Management Chair, ABA Labor and Employment Law Section's Test Use and Validation Subcommittee (1977-80); Bars of the Supreme Court of the United States; the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh and the District of Columbia Circuits; the Supreme Court of Georgia; the Georgia Court of Appeals; the United States District Courts for the Eastern District of Arkansas, the Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia, and the Eastern District of Michigan; the State Bar of Georgia; Atlanta Bar Association; Gate City Bar Association; President (1977-80) and (Director 1974-81, 1982-97), Atlanta Urban League.
    • President (1977-80) and Director, 1974-81, 1982-97), Atlanta Urban League.
    • National Board, Girls Inc. (formerly Girls Clubs of America) (1989-98).
    • Council Member of the Harvard Law School Association (1994.98, 1999-), and Southeastern Regional Representative (1999-).


    Co-author "Scored Tests" chapter of Schlei & Grossman, Employment Discrimination Law (BNA, 1976), the 1983 Second Edition, the 1995 Third Edition, and all but one supplement, and of the amicus curia brief filed with U.S. Supreme Court by the Executive Committee of Division 14 of the American Psychological Association in Washington v. Davis, 423 U.S. 820 (1976); co-author with Ginger McRae of "Performance Evaluations go to Court in the 1980's" in Mercer Law Review; Symposium: Employment Discrimination, Vol. 36, No. 3, (Spring 1985); author of "Job-Related Selection Procedures Under the Uniform Guidelines in the 1980's" in Labor Law Developments 1981, reprinted from the proceedings of the Southwestern Legal Foundation "Twenty-Sixth Annual Institute on Labor Law" (New York: Bender, 1981); co-author with Don Stacy of "Attorneys' Fees in Fair Employment Litigation: A Defendant's Perspective," in ICLEG, Litigating an Employment Discrimination Case (1981); co-author with Don Stacy of "Executive Order 11246: An Overview," in Copus & Rosenzweig (eds.), OFCCP and Federal Contract Compliance (New York: OLI, 1981); co-author with Don Stacy of review of Hall and Allrecht, The Management of Affirmative Action, 30 Business, No. 5, pp. 26-27 (September/October 1980); author of "The Fair Employment Class Action: Taking a Closer Look," Litigation, Vol. 3, No. 3 (ABA Litigation Section, Spring 1977) (corrections at p. 56 of Summer 1977 issue); co-author with Don Stacy of "Equality of Opportunity or Result?" Book Review of Glazer's Affirmative Discrimination: Ethnic Inequality and Public Policy, Vanderbilt Law Review, Vol. 29, No. 3 (April 1976).


    • Married since 1972 to Georgia State Representative Kathy B. Ashe. Parent of Robert L. Ashe, III (32) and Sarah Ashe Wood (29).

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