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Barry Ashe
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
Assumed office
August 30, 2018
Appointed by Donald Trump
Preceded by Ivan L. R. Lemelle
Personal details
Born 1956 (age 65–66)
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Military service
Allegiance United States
Service/branch  United States Navy
Years of service 1978–1981
Rank US-O2 insignia.svg Lieutenant

Barry Weldon Ashe (born 1956) is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.


Ashe earned his Bachelor of Arts from Tulane University, summa cum laude, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa, and his Juris Doctor from Tulane University Law School, where he graduated magna cum laude, was inducted into the Order of the Coif, and served as the senior managing editor of the Tulane Law Review.

Upon graduation from law school, he served as a law clerk to Judge Carolyn Dineen King of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Prior to enrolling in law school, he served for three years in the United States Navy, where he rose to the rank of lieutenant and received an honorable discharge.

Before becoming a judge, he was a partner in the New Orleans office of Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann L.L.C., where his practice spanned a broad range of complex civil and commercial law matters, in both state and federal courts, at trial and on appeal.[1]

Federal judicial service

On September 28, 2017, President Trump announced his intent to nominate Ashe to an undetermined seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.[1] On October 2, 2017, he was officially nominated to the seat vacated by Judge Ivan L. R. Lemelle, who took senior status on June 29, 2015.[2]

On January 3, 2018, his nomination was returned to the President under Rule XXXI, Paragraph 6 of the United States Senate.[3] On January 5, 2018, President Donald Trump announced his intent to renominate Ashe to a federal judgeship.[4] On January 8, 2018, his renomination was sent to the Senate.[5] A hearing on his nomination before the Senate Judiciary Committee was held on January 10, 2018.[6] On February 8, 2018, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to recommend Ashe's nomination by a vote of 20–1.[7][8][9] On August 28, 2018, his nomination was confirmed by voice vote.[10] He received his judicial commission on August 30, 2018.


He has been a member of the New Orleans chapter of the Federalist Society since 2006.[11]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "President Donald J. Trump Announces Eighth Wave of Judicial Candidates" White House, September 28, 2017 Archived October 3, 2017, at the Wayback Machine.  This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  2. ""Eight Nominations Sent to the Senate Today" White House, October 2, 2017". 
  3. "Congressional Record". 
  4. "President Donald J. Trump Announces Renomination of 21 Judicial Nominees". 
  5. "Nominations Sent to the Senate Today". 
  6. "United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary". 
  7. Quinn, Melissa. "Senate Judiciary Committee approves four Trump judicial nominations". 
  8. Results of Executive Business Meeting – February 8, 2018, Senate Judiciary Committee
  9. Broach, Drew (February 8, 2018). "Kurt Engelhardt, Barry Ashe endorsed by Senate committee for federal judgeships in New Orleans". Times-Picayune. 
  10. "PN1399 — Barry W. Ashe — The Judiciary" (in en). January 8, 2018. 
  11. United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary: Questionnaire for Judicial Nominees: Barry W. Ashe

External links

  • Barry Ashe at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
Legal offices
Preceded by
Ivan L. R. Lemelle
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana

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