Associate Director, Public Rights / Private Conscience Project
Research Fellow, Columbia Law School
Office: Jerome Greene Hall, Room 624
Ashe McGovern is Associate Director of the Public Rights/Private Conscience Project at the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law at Columbia Law School. Before joining Columbia, Ashe was a Policy Analyst at the Center for American Progress (CAP) in Washington, DC, where they engaged in state and federal public policy research, analysis, and advocacy, with a particular focus on LGBTQ poverty and the criminalization of LGBTQ communities. Prior to CAP, Ashe worked as an Equal Justice Works Fellow at New York Legal Assistance Group, where they launched the LGBTQ Health and Economic Justice Initiative to provide direct legal services and advocacy to low-income LGBTQ communities in New York.
During law school, Ashe worked at several civil rights organizations, including the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Lambda Legal, and as a Holley Law Fellow at the National LGBTQ Task Force. While a student at Cornell Law School, Ashe published their note, entitled, When Schools Refuse to Say Gay: The Constitutionality of Anti-LGBTQ "No-Promo-Homo" Public School Policies in the United States, 22 CORNELL J.L. & PUB. PO'Y 465 (2012), and participated in several legal clinics representing clients on a variety of matters, including clients experiencing violence in prison, families seeking lawful immigration status and low wage workers seeking union recognition. Ashe’s work has been published in The Nation, NPR, Huffington Post, The Advocate, and ThinkProgress, among other sites, and prior to law school, Ashe worked as an adult education teacher in Brooklyn.