Court of Appeals Judge Regina Bartholomew-Woods resigns to take up position at Entergy | Courts

Nearly four years before her term expires, Louisiana 4th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Regina Bartholomew-Woods is hanging up her robes for a job at Entergy Corp.

Bartholomew-Woods made his resignation official in a letter to the Louisiana secretary of state last week. It comes into effect on Friday.

In the letter, the judge said she would miss her colleagues and looked forward to “the next chapter of my career in the private sector”. She will serve as assistant general counsel for Entergy, according to a statement.

The 4th Circuit Court handles criminal, civil, and juvenile appeals from the parishes of Orléans, Plaquemines, and St. Bernard.

Retired 40th District Court Judge Madeline Jasmine will temporarily fill the vacant judgeship until April 30, according to an order from the Louisiana Supreme Court.

First sworn in to the 4th Circuit in January 2017, Bartholomew-Woods leaves a position that comes with a six-figure salary and reliable job security.

A graduate of Loyola University Law School, Woods served as an Orleans Parish Civil District Court judge for five years before winning her circuit court race in 2016.

In a notable ruling last year, Bartholomew-Woods ruled that final convictions of those convicted by split juries should be overturned under state law.

She was previously an attorney in practice with several civil law firms and general counsel for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in Charlotte, North Carolina and the Orleans Parish School Board.

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Woods is married to Jimmie Woods Sr., the owner of the sanitation contracting company Metro Service Group.

She is the second judge to leave the 4th Circuit in recent weeks. Former Chief Justice James McKay III resigned on Jan. 3, nearly a year before his term expires.

Circuit court resignations typically trigger a flurry of backlash from potential nominees — often lower-court judges, though any attorney who has been admitted to practice law in Louisiana for 10 years can run.

Orleans Parish Criminal District Court Judge Karen Herman announced her intention to run for McKay’s seat.

At least one more seat in the field will be vacant by the end of the year. Judge Edwin Lombard’s term is set to expire Dec. 31, and he is too old to run again under Louisiana’s judicial age limits.

Editor’s note: This story was updated on January 31, 2022 to correct a reference to Judge Edwin Lombard.

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