Appointee Directory

Ondray Harris -- Department of Justice
Director of Community Relations Service

On March 13, 2008, the United States Senate confirmed Ondray T. Harris, of Virginia, to a four-year term as the Director of the Community Relations Service at the U.S. Department of Justice. President Bush nominated Mr. Harris for this position on May 22, 2007, and designated him the Acting Director while awaiting Senate confirmation. Before coming to CRS, Mr. Harris served as Deputy Chief of the Employment Litigation Section of the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice. Prior to being a Justice Department lawyer, Mr. Harris served as a partner at LeClair Ryan. At LeClair, his practice was concentrated exclusively in the area of management-side labor and employment law, which entailed counseling and representing employers in matters of personnel policies, Title VII discrimination suits, as well as other issues such as FMLA, FLSA, OHSA, Sarbanes-Oxley, Age Discrimination, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Earlier in his career, he served as an Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Virginia's Office of the Attorney General. As an Assistant Attorney General, Mr. Harris represented the Commonwealth and litigated cases in federal and state courts dealing with Title VII, the First Amendment, as well as other issues. As Assistant Attorney General, he was also counsel for the Virginia Council on Human Rights. For a brief period before becoming an attorney, Mr. Harris worked as a banker. Mr. Harris received his Associate of Arts’ degree in liberal arts; he received his Bachelor's degree in history from Hampden-Sydney College and his Juris Doctorate from Washington & Lee University. Mr. Harris currently resides in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.

Ondray Harris