Douglas P. Woodlock

John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster; Earl of Salisbury; Keeper.  Judge Woodlock has served on the U.S. District  Court for the District of Massachusetts since 1986.  He was named by Chief Justice Rehnquist in 1987 to be a charter member of Space, Facilities and Security Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States, serving until 1995 to develop design standards for the federal courts nationally.  From 1988 to 1998, Judge Woodlock also served as chairman of the Boston Federal Courthouse Building Committee supervising the design and construction of the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse on Boston’s Fan Pier.  In 1996, he received the Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture from the American Institute of Architects for his work supporting design excellence in civic buildings.  Judge Woodlock was chairman of the District Court’s Rules Committee from 1992 to 2005.  From 1975-1976, Judge Woodlock was a law clerk to Judge Frank J. Murray.  During 1976-1979 and 1983-1986, he was in private practice with Goodwin, Procter & Hoar where he was a partner in the litigation department.  He served as an Assistant United States Attorney in Boston from 1979-1983 prosecuting political corruption and organized crime cases, for which he received the Director’s Award from the Department of Justice in 1983.  While a partner at Goodwin Procter, from 1984-1986, he was the first Chairman of the Massachusetts Committee for Public Counsel Services, the state’s public defender program.  A 1969 graduate of Yale College, Judge Woodlock worked as a newspaper reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times in Chicago and Springfield, Illinois (1969-71) and in Washington, D.C. (1971-1973), covering the Supreme Court.  He left journalism to join the Office of Chief Counsel for the Division of Corporation Finance at the SEC (1973-1975) while completing his law degree in 1975 from the Georgetown University Law Center, where he was an Executive Board Member of the Law Journal.  Judge Woodlock’s television credits include the role of coach of the Yale Daily News GE College Bowl team, which crushed (230-80) the Harvard Crimson before a nationwide audience on November 23, 1968.  Earlier that fall, while attending a performance of the Living Theatre Company at the Yale Repertory Theatre, he joined the actors in occupying (briefly) a stretch of York Street to establish that “The Streets are for the People.”  More recently, Judge Woodlock has appeared in Shakespeare and the Law programs as Brutus in Julius Caesar (2006), as Escalus in Measure for Measure (2007), as the Duke of Albany in King Lear (2008), as the Duke of Venice and Lodovico in Othello (2009) and as the King of France in Henry V (2010).