Retired Associate Judge Beverly J. Woodard is an adoptive parent of one child. Now recently retired, she served as an Associate Judge in Prince George’s County, Maryland since 1998, first on the District Court bench for 10 years, and then moving up to Circuit Court in 2008. One of her initiatives has been to implement alternative programs to incarceration for offenders with alcohol, substance abuse, and mental health issues. She successfully launched a District Court Drug Court program and a Circuit Court Veterans Treatment program.
Before becoming a judge she worked in the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Office as a prosecutor specializing in sexual assault and child abuse cases. Prior to that she was an Attorney Advisor for the U.S. Office of Consumer Affairs, Staff Attorney for the Neighborhood Legal Services Program in the District of Columbia and a Legislative Aide in the House of Representatives.
Judge Woodard’s passion has always centered around adoption issues. Since 2010 she has coordinated the National Adoption Day program for the Prince George’s County Circuit Court. She has always been appreciative of the role C.A.S.E. has played in the program in raising public awareness of the ever-growing need for adoptive homes for our most precious asset, children.
Judge Beverly Woodard graduated from Brown University with a major in Political Science and received her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Michigan.