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Courtney A. Woods

Associate
Baltimore

P 410-415-2000 F 410-415-2001

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Courtney A. Woods

Biography

Courtney A. Woods is an associate in the Baltimore, Maryland, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Her practice focuses on representing companies, public sector employers, and institutions of higher learning in complex labor disputes, collective bargaining, and labor campaigns. She represents management in employment cases filed in both federal and state courts, as well as equal opportunity employment matters pending before federal and state agencies.

Beginning her legal career amidst a global pandemic, Courtney’s tenacity has afforded her the opportunity to play a major role in both the labor and litigation practice groups. Courtney has negotiated numerous collective bargaining agreements with labor unions representing police officers, nurses, and more. Courtney was selected to serve on a national team of attorneys representing a healthcare client in a labor campaign involving approximately 2000 employees. Courtney has appeared in federal court for a high-stakes class action trial. Courtney is known for her bright personality, eagerness to learn, and willingness to take initiative.

Courtney’s holistic approach to solving complex, multi-faceted legal issues comes from her academic background in interdisciplinary behavioral science, as well as her professional experience in policy research and education administration. As an undergraduate, Courtney spent two semesters in D.C., interning with the Office of U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow and U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Judiciary, where she focused on health and criminal justice policy reform. One of Courtney’s earliest research roles as an undergraduate involved a qualitative review of interviews with Ferguson, MO residents about their experiences with police.

Courtney earned her Master’s in Education Policy and Management. Her graduate research identified pedagogical practices and policy reforms to eradicate the school-to-confinement pipeline affecting Black girls in public schools. Courtney served as a research assistant with Harvard Kennedy School Center for Social Policy Research, developing research with the Community Corrections Executive Session in aims of ending solitary confinement in Massachusetts prisons. As a graduate assistant with Phillips Brooks House Association, Inc., Courtney developed a restorative justice model for an annual summer camp in Boston that serves approximately 300 young people, aged 4-13.

Courtney was selected to participate in the Harvard Square to Oval Office: Women in Public Policy Program at Harvard Kennedy School of Government, a year-long training and development intensive for Harvard women planning to pursue elected office.

Courtney has worked with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation as a senior research and policy analyst, where she authored an original study collecting novel data directly from congresswomen in the Congressional Black Caucus about their experiences pursuing elected office.

As a law student, Courtney was selected for the PepsiCo, Inc. Larry D. Thompson Legacy of Leadership Fellowship Program and completed an academic year-long internship with Amazon, Inc. Global Corporate Affairs.

Courtney is a member of the Jackson Lewis’ Women’s Interest Network, African American Attorney resource group, and Out Professionals and Allies in Law.

Published Works

  • “Courtney Woods: Joining the Conversation.” MSU Today (January 2015) [Author]

Speeches

  • “Project 60/50: A Community Conversation on Civil and Human Rights” Michigan State University Office of Inclusion and Intracultural Initiatives (East Lansing, MI, January 2014) (MacDonald Middle School Community Discussion Forum Student Facilitator)
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Annual March, Michigan State University Office of Inclusion and Intracultural Initiatives (East Lansing, MI, January 2013 & 2014) (March Organizer)
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Student Leadership Conference, Michigan State University Office of Inclusion and Intracultural Initiatives (East Lansing, MI, January 2013 & 2014) (Keynote Speaker and Workshop Facilitator)
  • Harvard University Inaugural Black Commencement, Harvard University (Cambridge, MA, May 2017) (Keynote Speaker and Co-Founder)
  • “Black Girls and the School-to-Confinement Pipeline: From Theory to Practice” Alumni of Color Conference, Harvard Graduate School of Education (Cambridge, MA, March 2017) (Presenter)
  • “Dare to Run: Queer Women and Women of Color Running for Public Office” Alumni of Color Conference, Harvard Graduate School of Education (Cambridge, MA, March 2018) (Presenter)
  • “Black Women as Political Powerhouses” National Organization for Women (San Jose, CA, July 2018) (Presenter)