Douglas P. Woodlock

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District Judge
U.S. District Court of Massachusetts

The Honorable Douglas P. Woodlock has been U.S. District Judge in Boston, MA since 1986. Previously, Judge Woodlock worked in private practice at Goodwin, Procter & Hoar, served as Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of MA, taught at Harvard Law School, and was a newspaper reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times. As a member, from 1987-1995, of the Judicial Conference of the U.S. Committee on Security, Space, and Facilities, chaired by Judge Robert Broomfield of Arizona, Judge Woodlock together with Judge Michael Kanne, of Indiana, led an on-going series of seminars all over the country to inform judges, court officers, and personnel about the process and substance of designing new or renovated courthouses, criteria for architect selection, and the importance of the highest quality of design for civic buildings. Judge Woodlock served as Chairman of the New Boston Federal Courthouse Committee from 1987-1998.  He was an organizer of and panelist at "Boston's New Federal Courthouse: Context, Planning and Design Colloquium," in November 1991, jointly sponsored by the Harvard Law School and the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and "Architecture In The Public Realm," sponsored by the Harvard Graduate School of Design in April 1994. Judge Woodlock was also an organizer of the First and Second International Conferences on Courthouse Design, jointly sponsored by the American Institute of Architects, the Federal Courts, and the National Center for State Courts. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the American Bar Foundation, the American Judicature Society, the American Law Institute, and the Massachusetts Historical Society.

Judge Woodlock is author of, "The Peculiar Embarrassment: An Architectural History of Federal Courts in Massachusetts," (Massachusetts Law Review, 1989); "Judicial Responsibility in Federal Courthouse Design Review," in the National Gallery of Art Federal Buildings in Context: the Role of Design Review 50 (J.Carter Brown ed. 1995); and a contributor to The Massachusetts Journalist's Court and Legal Handbook, published by the Massachusetts Bar Association, Bench-Bar-News Committee.

Judge Woodlock received the Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture in 1996 from the American Institute of Architects.


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