Mason Ashe ’85 was honored at the National Bar Association’s 90th Annual Conference in Los Angeles this July where he received the Sports Lawyer of the Year Award. The National Bar Association is the oldest and largest association of predominantly African-American lawyers, judges, educators, and law students. It was established in 1925 and continues to promote and uphold the ideals of equality and justice throughout the legal profession.

In 2004, Ashe established his own consulting company, Ashe Sports & Entertainment Consulting, Inc (ASEC). His strong leadership qualities combined with his passion for sports and people have fueled the company’s success. ASEC has represented a number of elite athletes, entertainers, and executives. Aside from working with individuals, ASEC is renowned for their work with professional athletic teams and corporations. Regardless of the entity, the clients are the number one priority. ASEC aids its clients in achieving their goals through implementation of strong and highly motivated strategies.

Ashe has worked for more than 25 years in the field of sports law. He has held numerous leadership positions including his current position as the CEO and founder of ASEC; CO-Founder, COO, and General Counsel of Strickland & Ashe Management - one of the largest African-American owned sports agencies from 1997-2004; and a Vice President in the Team Sports Division at International Management Group (IMG) from 1993-1997. After earning his B.A. in Psychology from Hamilton, Ashe went on to receive his Juris Doctorate from the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School. He continues to lecture at law seminars and teach Sport Law at various law schools and business schools including The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. During his time at Hamilton, Ashe was the lead guitarist in several jazz bands including the Hamilton Jazz Ensemble, and played for the junior varsity basketball team. He remains an active member of the Hamilton alumni community and is a former trustee of the college.

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