Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

News Release

June 27, 2013
New Visiting and LAWS Faculty Appointed

Two outstanding legal educators will join Southwestern's full-time faculty for the 2013-14 academic year. Beth Caldwell has been appointed as Associate Professor of Legal Analysis, Writing and Skills. William Wood has been appointed as Visiting Associate Professor of Law, teaching in the areas of taxation and federal Indian law. They both bring exceptional academic and professional credentials that will enhance Southwestern's curriculum.

Professor Beth CaldwellProfessor Beth Caldwell

With her combination of experience as a legal educator and scholar, attorney and social worker, Professor Caldwell brings a unique interdisciplinary perspective to the teaching of writing, interviewing, counseling and other lawyering skills that will greatly benefit her students in the LAWS program. She comes to Southwestern from Thomas Jefferson School of Law, where she has been a Teaching Fellow since 2011, teaching Legal Writing and Juvenile Justice, and a Soros Justice Media Fellow focusing on crime-based deportation issues. She previously taught Sociology of Juvenile Delinquency at Pepperdine University and Social Welfare Policy in the Master's in Social Work program at California State University, Dominguez Hills.

After completing her B.A., summa cum laude, in Sociology and her joint J.D. and M.S.W. degrees at the University of California, Los Angeles, Professor Caldwell began her career at the Venice Community Housing Corporation as the Youth Development Director, where she supervised job training, education, counseling, Teen Court and advocacy programs for at-risk youth. From 2005 to 2009, she served as a public defender in Los Angeles County, representing thousands of indigent criminal defendants in adult court and juveniles in delinquency proceedings. She subsequently practiced appellate law for two years in San Diego, where she represented juveniles in delinquency appeals.

Professor Caldwell's scholarly research areas include criminal law with an emphasis on its intersection with race, class, and gender. Her current research focuses on juvenile justice, incorporating legal theory with research regarding adolescent brain development.  Her publications have appeared in several leading law reviews such as American Journal of Criminal Law, American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy and the Law, Cardozo Journal of International and Comparative Law, Georgetown Journal of Modern Critical Race Perspectives, Journal of the Institute of Justice & International Studies, University of San Francisco Law Review and Maine Law Review. Professor Caldwell has a strong interest in the development of criminal and juvenile justice systems in Latin America. As a Fulbright Scholar, she conducted research in Mexico on the country's shift from written to oral trials in 2009 to 2010. She has also served as a consultant with the American Bar Association's Rule of Law Initiative in Ecuador, training law students in criminal trial advocacy skills.

Professor William WoodProfessor William Wood

An expert in federal Indian law and policy, William Wood comes to the full time faculty from UCLA 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 a graduate and undergraduate course on the History of Native Americans in California at UCLA, and Federal Indian Law at Southwestern as a member of the adjunct faculty. During the 2013-14 academic year, his courses at Southwestern will include Survey of Federal Income Tax and Federal Indian Law.

Professor Wood received his B.A. in Political Science and Economics, cum laude, with Honors in Political Science, from Williams College. He then went on to complete his Master of Studies in Environmental Law degree, summa cum laude, at Vermont Law School, and his Master in Public Policy degree with a concentration in Political and Economic Development at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. He also holds a joint degree, J.D./M.A. 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.

After 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 (forthcoming 2013) 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.