Raye Rawls, J.D.
Senior Public Service Associate
Conflict Transformation and Dialogue
(706) 542-8098

Current Position

Raye Rawls' practice area is in conflict transformation and dialogue. 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. Rawls is currently working with the Georgia Commission on Dispute Resolution to update the policy on mediation when domestic violence is an issue.

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. In that capacity, Rawls served on the Ethics and Training Committees and several ad hoc committees.

She served on the editorial board of Conflict Resolution Quarterly.

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. 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.


  • 1974, B.S., psychology, Georgia State University
  • 1981, M.S., human resources, Georgia State University
  • 1985, J.D., Georgia State University

Professional Organizations

  • Member, State Bar of Georgia
  • Member, Association for Conflict Resolution
  • Associate, Public Conversations Project, Watertown, Massachusetts
  • Registered as a Mediator and Arbitrator, Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution
  • Approved Trainer in Mediation, Arbitration, and Case Evaluation, Georgia Office on Dispute Resolution
  • Commissioner, Georgia Commission on Dispute Resolution, 2002-2007, appointed by Georgia Supreme Court