Russell A. Woodard
A native of Ruston, Louisiana, Mr. Woodard attended public schools in Lincoln Parish and graduated from Ruston High School in 1972. He began his undergraduate education at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and remained there through receiving his law school degree at LSU Law School in 1979. Upon graduation, Mr. Woodard began a general practice of law in Columbia, Louisiana, where he also served as assistant district attorney for Caldwell Parish from 1980 through 1981. He continued his civil practice in Columbia, Louisiana, until he and his wife, Cynthia, moved their law practice to Ruston in 1990. Cynthia Woodard left the practice in 1996 when she was elected to the bench, and Monique Babin Clement joined the practice in 1997. Mr. Woodard and Ms. Clement have together continued in the general practice of law since then.
Mr. Woodard has been accepted to practice law in the United States Supreme Court, U. S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal, U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, U. S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana; U. S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana; Louisiana Supreme Court, and all appellate courts in Louisiana. He has been a member of the Judge Fred Fudickar Inns of Court, Louisiana Bar Foundation, Western District of Louisiana Court Administration Fund Committee, and is an Assistant Bar Examiner for the State of Louisiana. In 1992, Russell A. Woodard was elected to the Board of Directors of First National Bank. From 2001 to present he has served as Chairman of the Board of First National Bank. He has also been active in a number of other professional and civic activities over the years, including the Louisiana State University Foundation, Louisiana State University Law School Board of Alumni, KEDM Radio Board of Governors, Boy Scouts of America Board of Governors and other state and local legal, educational, civic and recreational boards.
Mr. Woodard and his wife Cynthia have three children, Bethany, Lexie Anne and Russell, Jr.
A graduate of Louisiana Tech University, Mrs. Clement received her Juris Doctorate from Southern University in 1997. After an active law school tenure that included a position as a Teaching Assistant in the area of contracts and participation in the Student Trial Lawyer’s Association, Moot Court Board and Moot Court Team, Mrs. Clement began working as an associate at the Law Offices of Russell A. Woodard. She became licensed to practice law in the state of Louisiana in 1997 and has since been admitted to practice law in the Western District Court of Louisiana and in the Middle District Court of Louisiana. Mrs. Clement became a partner at the Law Offices of Russell A. Woodard and Monique Babin Clement in 2000 and has been licensed by the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization as a Board Certified Family Law Specialist since 2002. She has been an Assistant Examiner for the Committee on Bar Admissions, grading the family law and property sections of the bar exam since 2008. In September of 2010 Mrs. Clement was appointed by the Louisiana Supreme Court to serve a 3-year term on the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization.
Mrs. Clement has also brought her legal experience to the classrooms of Louisiana Tech University, as her teaching resume’ includes the classes of Introduction to Business Law, Contracts, Security Devices, and Business Associations. Professional memberships include Louisiana State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the Lincoln Parish Bar Association.
Mrs. Clement is originally from Thibodaux, LA and has a daughter, Madeline, and three step-sons, Chris, Chase, and Clint, with her husband, Keith Clement.
Weita Z. Gaskin
Weita Z. Gaskin has served the legal profession since 1984 when she began working with former governor John J. McKeithen, George M. Wear and Cynthia Woodard at the law offices of McKeithen, Wear, Ryland and Woodard in Columbia, Louisiana. Weita completed her paralegal training at Northeast Louisiana University in the fall of 1988. In 1990, she moved to Austin, Texas and worked for the law firm of Vinson & Elkins until returning to Louisiana in 1995, where she worked for the foreclosure firm of Dean Morris until coming to work for Russell A. Woodard in the spring of 2001. Weita is married and lives in Dubach. She enjoys camping, fishing and doting on her grandsons, Blaine, Carson and the triplets, Hayden, Dylan & Wyatt.
Rachel M. Shively
Rachel M. Shively is a native of Jonesville, Louisiana and has been a legal assistant since 1992 when she began working at Smith, Taliaferro, Seibert, Boothe & Purvis. In 1998, she moved to Quitman, Louisiana, and began working for the law firm of Goff & Goff. In July of 1999, she began working at the Law Offices of Russell A. Woodard and Monique Babin Clement and has served as the legal assistant to Monique Babin Clement since that time. She is married and has two children, Zachary and Betsy. Her hobbies include cooking, shopping, reading and spending time with her friends and family.
Nikki is a 2001 graduate of Ruston High School where she served as the Area I State Vice President for the Louisiana Future Farmers of America Association. After graduation, she attended Louisiana Tech University in Agriculture Education. Nikki lives in Ruston, is married to Justin Blondin and has one son, Wyatt Blondin. Before coming to work at the Law Offices of Russell A. Woodard and Monique Babin Clement in 2010, Nikki was a stay-at-home mom. In her free time, Nikki enjoys spending time with her family and friends, as well as riding horses and barrel racing.