William Wood

Associate Professor of Law

Professor Bill Wood

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


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 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 scholarship has appeared in the American University Law Review, Kansas Law Review, and Tulsa Law Review and has been cited in opinions from the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the Supreme Court of California. 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, and he served on the Board of Directors of the California Indian Law Association from 2013 to 2016.

Selected Achievements

Former Member of the Board of Directors, the California Indian Law Association (2013 to 2016)