Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal Judge Regina Bartholomew-Woods is retiring from the Court effective today (Friday, Feb.4).

Woods will be moving to the private sector as assistant general counsel for Entergy Corporation in New Orleans.

She submitted a letter of retirement to Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin that read:

“After much prayer and careful consideration, I write to inform you of my retirement from the judiciary, effective close of business, Friday, February 4, 2022. It has been one of my highest honors serving the citizens of the greater New Orleans area and the State of Louisiana throughout the past decade. I am humbled and grateful to have been given such an amazing opportunity by the voters of New Orleans. I have thoroughly enjoyed the scholarly work that I engaged in, as well as working alongside some of the judiciary’s best and brightest. While I will miss being an active member of the judiciary, I eagerly look forward to the next chapter of my career within the private sector.”

A native New Orleans, Bartholomew-Woods served as a a judge at Civil District Court before her election to the Court of Appeal.

Prior to her judgeship, Woods served as counsel with the law firm of Boykin, Ehret & Utley, APLC. She also served as general counsel for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in Charlotte, North Carolina, as well as the Orleans Parish School Board, as a staff attorney with McGlinchey Stafford, PLLC; an attorney in private practice with several law firms, and with the United States Government at the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of the Solicitor in Dallas, Texas.

In addition to serving the public as a Judge, Woods is involved in various civic and bar association activities. She is a member of the Louisiana, American, National and New Orleans Bar Associations. In addition, she is a member of the National Association of Women Judges, the Louisiana Judicial Council, the A.P. Tureaud Chapter of the American Inns of Court, and the Louis A. Martinet Legal Society. She is also a member of several civic and community organizations: the New Orleans Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the New Orleans Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, the Pontchartrain Chapter of The Links, Inc., and a lifetime member of the Southern University at New Orleans Alumni Association. She is one of the founding members of the Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale. She is also a former board member of the Girl Scouts of Louisiana East, the Keller Group Neighborhood Foundation and The Beautiful Foundation

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