Raye Rawls, J.D.

Public Service Associate
Community Leadership Development and Conflict Resolution
Current Position:

Raye Rawls works in community leadership development with a specialty in conflict resolution. She is an attorney, arbitrator, and mediator and holds a Masters Degree in Human Resources.

Current Activities and Expertise:

Rawls has mediated and arbitrated thousands of cases in government institutions, court systems, corporations, and with private parties. Recent clients include the Atlanta Regional Commission, the Atlanta Public School System, UGA’s Archway Project and the 10th Judicial District’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Program.
Since 1983, she has traveled extensively throughout the United States offering courses in basic and advanced mediation, arbitration, conflict management, designing conflict management systems, and valuing diversity. Her courses have been approved by several state bar associations, the National Association of Social Workers, and other professional organizations.
She has facilitated numerous meetings on issues of diversity, public policy and strategic planning. In 2002, the Supreme Court of Georgia appointed her to a five-year term on the Georgia Commission on Dispute Resolution--the body responsible for establishing ADR policies and procedures in the courts of Georgia.

Previous Experience:

Prior to joining the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development in 2004, Rawls worked in the private sector teaching and providing services in mediation, arbitration and other forms of dispute resolution and conflict management. Rawls was the founding president-elect of the Georgia Chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution. She was an Administrative Law Judge in the State of Georgia, and a former assistant dean of the Georgia State University College Law. She currently serves on the editorial board of Conflict Resolution Quarterly. Additionally, she holds the status of Advanced Practitioner/Advanced Educator with the Association for Conflict Resolution and is also an Associate at the Public Conversations Project, an organization housed in Watertown, Massachusetts whose mission is to guide, train, and inspire individuals, organizations, and communities to constructively address conflicts relating to values and worldviews.

  • Served on the Ethics Committee and Training Committee
  • Conducted several ethics hearings
1974, B.S., psychology, Georgia State University
1981, M.S., human resources, Georgia State University
1985, J.D., Georgia State University
Former Panel Member, American Arbitration Association
Registered as a Mediator and Arbitrator, Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution
Approved Trainer in Mediation, Arbitration, and Case Evaluation, Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution
Member, University Network for Collaborative Governance Steering Committee
Commissioner, Georgia Commission on Dispute Resolution, 2002-2007, Appointed by Georgia Supreme Court
Professional Organizations:
Member, State Bar of Georgia
Member, Association for Conflict Resolution
Associate, Public Conversations Project, Watertown, Massachusetts