Douglas G. Ashworth

Executive Director, ICJE

B.A., J.D., University of Georgia

Biographical Information: 

Douglas G. Ashworth became executive director of the Institute of Continuing Judicial Education of Georgia (ICJE) in 2017 after many years of legal experience in both the public and private sectors.

ICJE, which has benefited from a collaborative relationship with UGA School of Law since the mid-1970s, is responsible for Georgia’s statewide educational system for judges and court staff. To fulfill this continuing education mission, Ashworth directs the needs assessments, facilitates curriculum development, oversees conferences and works with various committees and councils representing judges and court staff throughout Georgia. ICJE’s current constituents include: Superior Court judges, Superior Court clerks, State Court judges, Superior and State Court judicial staff attorneys, Probate Court judges and clerks, Magistrate Court judges and clerks, Juvenile Court judges and clerks, Municipal Court judges and clerks, and Council of Accountability Court judges and staff.

Before assuming his current position, he founded his own solo law practice and garnered years of experience in both federal and state courts. Ashworth’s judicial experience includes service as a Municipal Court judge for two different jurisdictions for 10 years. His previous continuing education work includes serving as the inaugural director of the State Bar of Georgia’s Transition Into Law Practice Program, also known as the “mentoring program” for Georgia’s newly admitted attorneys. He also completed a term on the Executive Committee of ACLEA (Association for Continuing Legal Education Administrators).

Ashworth earned his bachelor's degree and Juris Doctor from UGA. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court; the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit; the Northern, Middle and Southern District Courts of Georgia; and the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals of Georgia. He is a member of the National Association of State Judicial Educators. An avid musician, he also enjoys outdoor activities and serves as a trail maintenance volunteer for the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club.