Faculty Profiles

William Wood

William Wood

Visiting Professor
B.A. Williams College, 1998
M.S.E.L. Vermont Law School, 2000
M.P.P. Harvard University, 2002
J.D./M.A. UCLA, 2006

William Wood is a Visiting Professor at UCLA School of Law. He is currently Visiting Associate Professor of Law at Southwestern Law School. From 2011 to 2013, he was the inaugural Bernard A. and Lenore S. Greenberg Law Review Fellow at UCLA School of Law, where he taught Advanced Topics in Federal Indian Law and a seminar on Indian Gaming Law, Policy and Politics. He has also taught a graduate and undergraduate course on the History of Native Americans in California at UCLA.

After completing his Master of Studies in Environmental Law and Master in Public Policy degrees, 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. He also served as the editor-in-chief of the UCLA Indigenous Peoples' Journal of Law, Culture & Resistance. Following law school, 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.

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.