William A. Woodruff
Professor Woodruff brings extensive law practice and litigation experience to the classroom. Students in Evidence and Advanced Trial Advocacy benefit from the knowledge of problems and issues he gained in the crucible of a real courtroom in real cases. Before joining the Campbell faculty in 1992, Woodruff served as the Chief, Army Litigation Division, where he directed civil litigation involving Army policies, programs, and activities. He also worked as a Trial Attorney in the Torts Branch, U.S. Department of Justice and taught graduate legal education at The Judge Advocate General's School in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Because of Woodruff's recognized ability to combine the theoretical underpinnings and the practical application of the law, he was invited to work with the law faculty of the University of Wismar in Wismar, Germany, to develop a curriculum to better prepare German law students to enter the legal profession. His work was featured in The German Law Journal, as well as Juristen Zeitung, one of the leading German legal periodicals. He has also presented to international audiences on whether developments in neuroscience and brain imaging technology can reliably determine when a witness is lying.
Woodruff has twice been selected as Professor of the Year at Campbell Law and has been honored by the Dean for his research and scholarship. He is a frequent presenter at continuing legal education seminars where his academic expertise and practical experience assists practicing lawyers with problems of proof at trial.
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April 1991-July 1992: Chief, Litigation Division, Office of The Judge Advocate General, Washington, D.C. Directed a staff of 41 lawyers and support personnel in defending the interests of the United States in litigation arising out of Army activities, programs, and policies. Cases included medical malpractice and other tort actions, challenges to military personnel policies, employment discrimination, contract and commercial litigation, Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act litigation, and bankruptcy.
July 1989-April1991: Deputy Chief, Litigation Division, Office of The Judge Advocate General, Washington, D.C. Assisted the Division Chief in managing the Division and conducting litigation brought against the Army and its officials in state and federal court.
June 1984-June 1985: Special Attorney, Torts Branch, Civil Division, United States Department of Justice, Washington, D.C. Represented the United States in medical malpractice and other tort actions brought under the Federal Tort Claims Act.
June 1981-June 1984: Trial Attorney, Tort Branch, Litigation Division, Office of The Judge Advocate General, Washington, D.C. Represented the Army and the United States in medical malpractice and other tort actions. Close ▲
March 1981-June 1981: Trial Attorney, Military Personnel Branch, Litigation Division, Office of The Judge Advocate General, Washington, D.C. Represented the Army and its officials in lawsuits brought by servicemembers or former servicemembers challenging promotions, discharges, and other personnel actions.
May 1980-March 1981: Chief, Administrative and Civil Law, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Fort Gordon, Georgia. Legal advisor to an organization that trained all U.S. Army communications personnel. Principal legal advisor to the Commander, Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center.
November 1979-May 1980: Deputy Staff Judge Advocate, Fort Gordon, Georgia. Supervised a staff of eight attorneys and 20 paralegals and clerical personnel in providing total legal services to a large military installation. Principal legal advisor to the Commander, Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center.
December 1978-October 1979: Administrative and Civil Law Officer, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Fort Gordon, Georgia. Legal advisor and action attorney for a large military installation.
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Member, South Carolina Bar Association
Member, District of Columbia Bar Association
Member, Christian Legal Society
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William A. Woodruff
Professor of Law