Arleigh Maddox Woods

Presiding Justice, California Court of Appeal



Presiding Justice, Div. Four 1982-1996; Administrative Presiding Justice California Court of Appeal 2nd District 1984-87; Associate Justice 1980-82; Instituted the 2nd District appellate settlement program; Judge Los Angeles Superior Court 1976-1980; Civil Trials and Settlement Judge; Supervising Judge North Central District 1978-1980; Direct Calendaring pilot for fast track: Gen. Civil Trials, Law & Motion, Settlements, Family Law & Probate 1977-1980.


Justice Woods is available as a mediator/settlement judge. Recently selected as one of the top twenty mediators in California by the Daily Journal. Available as an arbitrator in selected cases only.

To engage Justice Woods, contact her administrator:

Deb Leathers

675 South Westmoreland Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90005-3992

Telephone - (213) 738-6704 Fax - (213) 736-1205


All tort litigation and employment law including wrongful termination, discrimination, construction accidents, personal injury litigation. Civil litigation, general and complex; Medical malpractice; Insurance coverage conflicts; Environmental issues; Real property.


B. A. Chapman College

LLB/JD Southwestern University School of Law

LLM University of Virginia.


Civil Trial practice, Partner, Levy Koszdin and Woods, 1962-1976, emphasis on construction accidents, medical issues, labor and workers compensation.


Chair of the Commission on Judicial Performance 1986-1993; Founder of California Appellate Project 1986; Member of California Judicial Council 1985-87; Chair of the Superior Court Budget & Personnel Committee 1977-78 & the Committee on Court Congestion 1977-78; Member of the BAJI Committee of the Los Angeles Superior Court 1977-78; Member of the Superior Court Probate Committee; Served on Committees on Mental Health, 1978, on Broadcasting Court Proceedings and Cameras in the Court 1978-79, State Ethics 1978, Gender Bias 1986-87. Settlement Judge for the 2nd Appellate District 1984-87 and thereafter, a Settlement Judge on a rotation basis for Division 4 of the Court of Appeal; and Judicial Council Advisory Committee on Judicial performance Procedures 199l-1996. During her 16 years on the Appellate Court, Justice Woods frequently sat as a Justice Pro Tempore on the California Supreme Court; instructed at the California Judges college and lectured at judges conferences and to various segments of the California bar and colleges and universities. 1997 to date Chair California State Habeas Corpus Commission; Chair of the Board of Trustees Southwestern University School of Law; Governing Board of Providence Hospitals; Advisory Board of the Bernard Witkin Institute.


Westside Business and Professional Woman of the Year, 1982; Appellate Justice of the Year. CTLA, 1983; Professional Woman of the Year, YMCA Silver Medallist Award, 1984; honored by Black Women Lawyers Association, as Pioneer, 1984; Honorary Doctor of Law, LL.D., University of West Los Angeles, 1984; Life Commitment Award, Equal Opportunity League, 1985; Bernard Jefferson Award for Judicial Excellence, California Association of Black Lawyers, 1985; Outstanding Judicial Officer, Southwestern University School of Law, 1987; Appellate Justice of the Year, Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Association, 1990; Hall of Fame Award, The John M. Langston 1995; American Bar Association Award, August 1995, Judicial Achievements Award, Consumer Attorneys of California, November 1995, Listed in Who’s Who Among American Women, and in the International World Edition.

Formerly Board of Directors, American Cancer Research Foundation; Vice President, Board of Directors, Constitutional Rights Foundation.


Author of several hundred published opinions while on the Court of Appeal; as an attorney, published in the fields of legal medicine, consumer rights, industrial health & safety, and legal ethics. An author of the Original Appellate Court Practice Manual for Law Clerks of the 2nd District.

Lecturer at various CEB, Legal and Judicial seminars on Civil Law, Discovery, Writs. Guest lecturer at U.S.C., Southwestern University and Loyola University.