Howard Law Alumna Named DC Office of Human Rights Judge

Brandes Ash

Howard University School of Law alumna Brandes S.G. Ash (J.D. ’11) has been named administrative law judge at the DC Office of Human Rights.

Ash earned her Master of Public Administration degree from George Mason University in 2008 and bachelor’s degree in English from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2006. A noted public servant, Ash has held several leadership positions in local and national professional organizations: chief of communications for the National Bar Association; president of the Greater Washington Area Chapter of the National Bar Association’s Women Lawyers Division (GWAC); chair of GWAC Foundation, Inc.; president of the Washington Bar Association Educational Foundation; chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) Family Law Section Child Support Committee; co-chair of the ABA Family Law Section Diversity Committee; D.C. Bar Family Law Community member (elected term 2014-2017); and board member of foundations for Home and Community.

Ash was an inaugural class member of the D.C. Bar John Payton Leadership Academy in 2014. Throughout her career, she has received numerous professional accolades. In 2018, 2019, and 2020, Ash was named a Rising Star in family law by Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers. In 2017, the National Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division established an award in her honor; and, since then, recognizes an NBA affiliate chapter president each year for his/her/their commitment to leadership and service. Ash is a recipient of both the National Bar Association’s 40 Under 40 Nation’s Best Advocate Award and GWAC Rising Star Award.