Philadelphia Common Pleas Judge Sheila Woods-Skipper will start Monday as the next supervising judge of the trial division's criminal section.
Woods-Skipper is replacing Judge Pamela Pryor Dembe, who was just elected as president judge Wednesday. Trial Division Administrative Judge D. Webster Keogh made the appointment today.
Woods-Skipper has been the coordinating judge of the court's list program.
Woods-Skipper, a Democrat, was appointed by former Gov. Tom Ridge to fill a Common Pleas vacancy in 1998. Woods-Skipper then won election in 1999. She received a recommended rating from the Philadelphia Bar Association's Judicial Commission.
Prior to her nomination to the bench, Woods-Skipper was a Philadelphia assistant district attorney for more than 11 years, including stints in the homicide and major trials units.
Woods-Skipper was a law clerk to the late Judge Charles Wright from 1984 to 1987. Wright had a civil assignment.
Woods-Skipper attended the University of Pennsylvania for her undergraduate education and Temple University School of Law for her law degree.
The Legal will have a more in-depth story in Tuesday's paper.
-- Amaris Elliott-Engel, Staff Reporter