Prior to being elected as a Circuit Court Judge, Carl Ashley spent seven years practicing law in the Public Defender’s Office. He opened his law practice in 1989.
Judge Ashley was elected to Milwaukee County Circuit Court in 1999. He has served in general misdemeanor court, domestic violence court, juvenile dependency and delinquency court, homicide/sexual assault court, felony drug court, family court and he is presently assigned to drug treatment court.
He has received advanced Domestic Violence Training from the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. Ashley received the Milwaukee Women’s Center Sam Stellman Justice for Women Award in recognition of outstanding compassion, commitment, and leadership in promoting justice for women and families affected by domestic violence. He also received Innovator of the Year Award in recognition of vision, creativity, and innovative spirit in 2003.
Ashley is past vice-chair of the Supreme Court Policy and Planning Committee and presently Chair of its Subcommittee on Effective Justice Strategies (EJS) Committee. Ashley is chair of the newly created Wisconsin State Bar Diversity and Inclusion Oversight Committee.
The State Bar of Wisconsin selected Ashley as the 2011 Judge of the Year. In 2013, Ashley received the Leaders in the Law Award from the Wisconsin Law Journal. In 2014, Ashley was presented with the State Bar’s President’s Award in 2015 and 2014.
He is married to Felita Daniels Ashley and has two girls, Elise and Zoe.