April 12, 2007
Augusta has a new federal judge.
Lisa Godbey Wood rose to the bench after a career as a law clerk, a civil attorney, a criminal defense attorney, and a federal prosecutor.
But her biggest challenge just may be at home.
Portraits of our founding fathers line the polished foyer of the Federal Building, but there's a mother just down the hall...and she also happens to be our newest federal judge.
Richard Rogers: "Off the bench, you're the mother of twins. Tell us about your family?"
Lisa Godbey Wood: "I am married to a retired Federal Bureau of Investigations agent and I have five-year-old twins, a girl and a boy."
Judge Wood is a big city girl who got a taste of south Georgia and fell in love with it.
LGW: "The southern district of Georgia has natural beauty--talented lawyers, complex litigation--and why go back to Atlanta? I never did."
What she did do, as US attorney, was cover 43 counties.
LGW: "I was in Waycross, Brunswick, Augusta, Dublin, Statesboro. I put almost 100,000 miles on my car. So they like the fact that we will be living in one place and I will be coming home to them every night."
RR: "You're still relatively young for a judge. Do you plan to spend your career on the bench or do you have other aspirations?"
LGW: "Well, this is a lifetime appointment, so I hope it lasts a long, long time."
Motherhood is a lifetime appointment too, and I asked Judge Wood about the balance.
LGW: "I think every working parent, mothers and fathers, face that real challenge with the balance. The way I've been able to handle it is to focus on what I'm doing at the time so that when I'm with the twins and my husband, I focus on them 100%, and when I'm here on the bench, I focus on that 100%."
RR: "So, what do you think of Augusta so far?"
LGW: "I am so impressed with Augusta. I think it has the best of both worlds: big city without the drawbacks that you find."