Last month, Regina Bartholomew announced her candidacy for Judge of Civil District Court, Division B before an over-capacity crowd at the Basin St. Station in Treme. A successful and respected attorney, Bartholomew has a broad background in the law.
In addition to a long list of announced endorsements, well wishers attending the campaign kick-off included U.S. Congressman Cedric Richmond, District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro, Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman, Orleans Parish Assessor Erroll Williams, New Orleans City Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer, Orleans Parish School Board President Woody Koppel, former City Councilmember Scott Shea, former School Board member Jimmy Fahrenholtz, Jefferson Parish Councilmember Byron Lee, and others were among the hundreds in attendance.
Members of the clergy attending the event included; Pastor Oliver Durvenay, Pastor Tom Watson, Pastor Corey Watson, Pastor B.K. Richby, Rev. Robert Brown, Rev. Willie Calhoun, Elder Clarence Bickham, and Rev. Dwight Webster who closed the evening. The supporters were entertained by jazz vocalist Stephanie Jordan and trumpeter Marlon Jordan.
Now in private practice, Bartholomew has vast experience representing the public in court. She was a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Labor, as well as the attorney for the Orleans Parish School Board. She has experience as a Judicial Law Clerk at the Louisiana Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal and the Fortieth Judicial District Court. She is the 2011 recipient of the New Orleans City Business Leadership in Law Award.
Regina Bartholomew graduated from Southern University at New Orleans where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English, with a minor in Political Science in 1994. Ms. Bartholomew earned her Juris Doctorate degree from Loyola University School of Law in 1999, where she ranked in the top 20% of her graduating class. She was admitted to the Louisiana State Bar in 1999.
While in law school, she was inducted into the National Order of Barristers and was featured in Who's Who Among Students in American Law Schools. She also received several awards and recognitions, including an Excellence Award for her participation in working as a student District Attorney with the Clinical Education Program, the American College of Trial Lawyers' Medal for Excellence in Advocacy, the Hannah and Herman Levy Scholarship of the Lupin Foundation, and the Association of Trial Lawyers' J. Skelly Wright Chapter Award. Upon finishing law school, she completed a judicial clerkship with Judges Becnel, Jasmine and Snowdy at the Fortieth Judicial District Court in Edgard, Louisiana.
Ms. Bartholomew is currently Of Counsel with the law firm of Boykin, Ehret & Utley, APLC. Regina Bartholomew's prior employment was as General Counsel for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in Charlotte, North Carolina. Prior to this, Ms. Bartholomew was a Staff Attorney with McGlinchey Stafford, PLLC. Her previous work experience includes service as 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, Office of the Solicitor in Dallas, Texas.
In addition to the practice of law, Ms. Bartholomew has devoted her life to many civic and bar association activities. Specifically, she is a member of the American, National and New Orleans Bar Associations. In addition, she is a board member of the Early Childhood & Family Learning Foundation; she is a member of the A.P. Tureaud Chapter of the American Inns of Court, the Louisiana Association of Black Women Attorneys, and the Louis A. Martinet Legal Society. She is also a member of the League of Women Voters of New Orleans and the Independent Women's Organization of New Orleans. She is a former member of the Lawyer Referral and Information Service Committee and the Practice Assistance and Improvement Committee of the Louisiana State Bar Association. Ms. Bartholomew has also served as a board member of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeast Louisiana, AIDSLaw of Louisiana, Inc., and a board member and secretary of the Louis A. Martinet Legal Foundation and Camp Fire USA Greater New Orleans Council. Further, she served as co-chair of the Louis A. Martinet Legal Foundation's Law Camp and the CLE Programs Committee of the Young Lawyers' Section of the New Orleans Bar Association. Moreover, she has served as a liaison for the Pro Bono Project of New Orleans and as a Judge for Teen Court of New Orleans.
New Orleans Clerk of Court Dale Atkins said, "Regina Bartholomew is the kind of attorney that lawyers admire. She has broad courtroom experience, for both plaintiffs and defendants, small businesses and private persons. In overseeing hundreds of cases, she has proven she's not only exceptionally capable, but dedicated to the work of the courts. Good lawyers make good judges, and Regina will be an outstanding judge."
The campaign has a formidable roster of supporters with endorsements from Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman, Orleans Parish Assessor Erroll Williams, City Council President Jacquelyn Brechtel Clarkson, Councilwoman Cynthia Hedge-Morrell, Councilwoman Kristin Gisleson Palmer, Rep. Austin Badon, Rep. Jared Brossett, Rep. Wesley Bishop, Rep. Charmaine Marchand Stiaes, Rep. Helena Moreno, State Sen. J.P. Morrell, BESE Board Member Louella Givens, and Orleans Parish School Board President Lourdes Moran.
Her campaign committee is co-chaired by New Orleans Clerk of Court Dale Atkins, State Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, Orleans Parish School Board Member Brett Bonin, Roderick "Rico" Alvendia, James Williams, Frank DeSalvo, T. Allen Usry, Rev. Torin Sanders, Ph.D., Phyllis Landrieu, Warren A. "Chip" Forstall, Jr., Bernard Charbonnet, and Scott Delacroix. Teddlie Media Partners, Vincent Sylvain, and Greg Rigamer of GCR & Associates are advising the campaign.
The election is scheduled for October 22, 2011. To learn more about Regina, please visit www.ReginaBartholomew.com.
Vincent Sylvain is publisher of The New Orleans Agenda.com, the leading local alternative for information on News, Arts, Culture & Entertainment in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast Region.
Photo of Regina Bartholomew courtesy of Regina Bartholomew. Photo of Regina Batholonew candidacy announcement event by JR Thomason.
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