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William Wood

William Wood

Visiting Associate Professor of Law

B.A., cum laude, Political Science and Economics with Honors in Political Science, 1998, Williams College; M.S.E.L., summa cum laude, 2000, Vermont Law School; M.P.P., 2002, Harvard University; J.D./M.A., American Indian Studies, 2006, University of California, Los Angeles; Member, California State Bar

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Phone: (213) 738-5742
Office: BW307

An expert in federal Indian law and policy, William Wood came to Southwestern from UCLA School of Law, where he was the inaugural Bernard A. and Lenore S. Greenberg Law Review Fellow, and taught Advanced Topics in Federal Indian Law and a seminar on Indian Gaming Law, Policy and Politics. He has taught Federal Indian Law at Southwestern as a member of the adjunct faculty, and a graduate and undergraduate course on the History of Native Americans in California at UCLA.

"I respect Southwestern's commitment to diversity, not just along the conventional matrices but also in terms of students' life experiences and perspectives, which is enhanced by the range of programs the school offers."

After completing his Master of Studies in Environmental Law and Master in Public Policy degrees, Professor Wood received a joint J.D./M.A. degree in American Indian Studies from UCLA with specializations in Business Law and Policy as well as in Critical Race Studies.While in law school, he was articles editor of the UCLA Law Review and the UCLA Chicana/o-Latina/o Law Review, and served as the editor-in-chief of the UCLA Indigenous Peoples' Journal of Law, Culture & Resistance.

Following law school, Professor Wood joined Holland & Knight LLP's Indian Law Practice Group, where he for several years represented tribal governments and entities in litigation, taxation, land and economic development matters.

Professor Wood's scholarly research is focused on federal Indian law issues and the allocation of adjudicatory and regulatory jurisdiction among Indian tribes, states, and the federal government. His articles have appeared in the American University Law Review and Tulsa Law Review. From 2009 to 2014, he was the editor-in-chief of Federal Indian Law, the quarterly newsletter of the Indian Law Section of the Federal Bar Association. He serves on the Board of Directors of the California Indian Law Association and has presented on Indian law-related issues at conferences around the country.



It Wasn't an Accident: The Tribal Sovereign Immunity Story, 62 AMERICAN UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 1587 (2013)

The Trajectory of Indian Country in California; Rancherias, Villages, Pueblos, Missions, Ranchos, Reservations, Colonies, and Rancherias, 44 TULSA LAW REVIEW 317 (2008)