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
Phone: (213) 738-5742
An expert in federal Indian law and policy, William Wood comes to Southwestern from UCLA Law School where he was the inaugural recipient of the Bernard A. and Lenore S. Greenberg Law Review Fellowship. As the Greenberg Fellow, he developed and executed scholarly research projects and taught Advanced Topics in Federal Indian Law and Indian Gaming Law, Policy and Politics. In recent years, 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.
Professor Wood, who completed his Master of Studies in Environmental Law and Master in Public Policy degrees, went on to earn 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. He also served as the editor-in-chief of the UCLA Indigenous Peoples' Journal of Law, Culture & Resistance.
Following law school, Professor Wood joined Holland & Knight's Indian Law Practice Group, where he represented tribal governments and entities in litigation, taxation, land-into-trust, gaming, environmental, economic development and financing matters from 2006 to 2012.
Professor Wood's scholarly research has focused on federal Indian law issues, with recent articles appearing in American University Law Review and Tulsa Law Review. Since 2009, he has served as editor-in-chief of Federal Indian Law, the quarterly newsletter of the Indian Law Section of the Federal Bar Association. He has also presented papers on Indian law-related issues at symposia around the country.