Catherine J. Newsome
Catherine J. Newsome is an attorney currently serving the Secretary of State as the Executive Director and State Archivist for the Louisiana State Archives in Baton Rouge. Previously, she practiced law as a solo practitioner focusing on the needs of small businesses and government clients. Her client representation includes governmental entities in civil and criminal litigation, election law, and public records litigation. Catherine lives in Baton Rouge with her husband Saul Reinaldo Newsome, who is also an attorney, and their children.
Catherine graduated from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University in 2009. During her first years in practice, she accepted a term clerkship for the 20th Judicial District Court of Louisiana; and, then she received special appointments from the Louisiana Supreme Court to serve ad-hoc judges in complex criminal and civil litigation for both the 18th Judicial District Court and the 20th Judicial District Court.
Catherine also served as an Assistant District Attorney for East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney’s Office. In that capacity, she prosecuted both misdemeanors and felonies focusing on domestic violence and sexual assault cases.
Catherine is active with her church The Chapel on the Campus in Baton Rouge. She serves as President of The Federalist Society Baton Rouge Lawyer’s Chapter and serves as a board member of the Supreme Court of Louisiana Historical Society.