Layout 1Regina Bartholomew-Woods has served as a judge in Civil District Court since 2012 and runs down a list of experiences that she says prepares her to serve on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal. She says it is the quality of her experience that makes her the “uniquely qualified” for the job.

Prior to her election to Civil District Court, Bartholomew-Woods was Of Counsel with the law firm of Boykin, Ehret & Utley, APLC. Before that, she served as general counsel for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in Charlotte, North Carolina; staff attorney with McGlinchey Stafford, PLLC; general counsel for the Orleans Parish School Board; an attorney in private practice with several law firms, and with the United States Government at the U.S. Department of Labor.

Bartholomew-Woods has also served as a judicial law clerk.

“I’ve taken my broad and deep experience in the law and applied it to the bench where I am one of the lowest reversed judges on my bench,” she says. “I’ve never been deep reversed by the (state) Supreme Court on any decision that I’ve made because I have a deep understanding of the law. And I also have a deep understanding of the people I serve—that they can’t afford for justice to be had at the next level. They have to have justice because if you delay justice for them at the trial court level, then delayed justice, as we know sometimes in our community, means denial of justice.”

Bartholomew-Woods, who has picked up endorsements from several local and regional elected officials, says her even “judicial temperament” is a favorable characteristic. Among those endorsing Bartholomew-Woods are U.S. Rep, Cedric Richmond (D-La), New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, and Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman.

If elected, the candidate says she is ready to work with the court to continue needed improvements already underway, such as the courts recent move to electronic filing.

“If there is something I can do to help along with that process, I am willing to do it, she says.”

Meanwhile, she adds that she would also like to assist the court in handling the writs and appeals more expeditiously.

“I would personally like to see opinions come out a little quicker than they have been,” Bartholomew-Woods says.

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