Name: Dwayne D. Woodruff
City of Residence: Wexford, Pennsylvania
Party Affiliation: Democrat
I should be elected because I am superior in regards to education, qualifications, experience and leadership ability and will effectively serve the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as a Supreme Court Justice. I have served honorably as a judge on the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas for twelve years, following seventeen years as a successful practicing attorney and twelve years as a leader in professional sports. My commitment to service and the citizens has been demonstrated by the multiple positions of leadership that I have been elected to and served within the community; the multiple commissions that I have been appointed to by the PA Supreme Court and the positive impact that I have had on the families and youth in my courtroom.Top three priorities
My priorities, if elected are to:
1) Provide equal justice for all citizens, without respect to political party, age, gender, race, socioeconomic status or any other factors.
2) Provide greater and equal access to justice for the economically disadvantaged and other citizens who have faced barriers to equal justice in the past.
3) Provide transparency of the judicial system; helping citizens gain knowledge as to the judicial system & court process.Biography
The Honorable Dwayne D. Woodruff is a Judge on the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County – Pittsburgh, presiding primarily in the Family Court Division since 2005. Woodruff earned a degree in Business Finance from the University of Louisville (1979) and a Juris Doctor from Duquesne University School of Law (1988), which he attended, full time at night during his professional football career with the Pittsburgh Steelers – played 12 seasons, including playing in Super Bowl XIV as a rookie in 1980, being named Steelers MVP in 1982 and serving as team captain his final three seasons. Woodruff has the unprecedented, dual career distinction in professional sports; simultaneously practicing law with the Meyer Darragh firm and playing football for the Pittsburgh Steelers for three years from 1988 to 1990. In 1997, he became a founding partner of Woodruff Flaherty law firm; later Woodruff Flaherty & Fardo. Judge Woodruff currently serves on the board of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and the Allegheny County Jail Oversight Board, co-chairs Pittsburgh SAFE Workgroup (Shared Accountability for Education) and serves on Educational Success & Truancy Prevention Committee (ESTP). Additionally, Judge Woodruff chairs the National Campaign to Stop Violence’s “Do the Write Thing Challenge”- a unique initiative which gives middle school students the opportunity to communicate their thoughts on the impact of violence in their lives and to make personal commitments to reduce violence.
He previously served as Vice-Chair of the PA Juvenile Court Procedural Rules Committee, a member of the prestigious PA Juvenile Court Judges’ Commission (JCJC); as chairman of Pittsburgh Interbranch Commission of Juvenile Justice, and was one of four PA Judges appointed by the PA Supreme Court to the PA Interbranch Commission on Juvenile Justice, tasked with making recommendations to the state following the Luzerne County “kids for cash” scandal.
Woodruff is also a past elected member of the Pennsylvania House of Delegates and maintains memberships on the Allegheny County and Pennsylvania Bar Associations. Additionally, Judge Woodruff receives great pleasure presiding over CYF (Children Youth & Families) adoptions in his courtroom and considers it a privilege to be in a position to give guidance to youth, especially the young Black males who come before him in court. He feels his work with youth is a calling with responsibilities that don’t end with the job. Most significant among Woodruff’s many blessings are his marriage of 39 years to Joy Maxberry Woodruff and his three young adult children-Jillian Woodruff, MD, an Ob/Gyn medical doctor; Jenyce M. Woodruff, Esq., an attorney; and John B. Woodruff, II, Esq., an attorney and captain in the United States Marines. Woodruff and his family worship at Allegheny Center Alliance Church where he has served as an Elder, Growth Group Facilitator and a Marriage Ministry Mentor.
Woodruff’s community affiliates include the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh (Chair), NFL Players Alumni Association (V. Pres.) and the United Way of Allegheny County board. He is also a member of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity and the NAACP (lifetime). He formerly served the Urban Impact Foundation, American Cancer Society (Board Chairman), Board of Governors at Duquesne University School of Law, Duquesne University Law Challenge for NEED (Chairman), Child Watch, American Red Cross and was an elected member of the Allegheny County Bar Association Judiciary Committee. Among Woodruff’s honors are: University of Louisville’s “WOODRUFF ACADEMIC CENTER,” dedicated in his honor on November 2, 2006; JCJC’s “Outstanding Leadership Award” (Nov. 2015); Mel Blount Youth Home Award (April 2015), HCEF “Champion for Children Award” (March 2015); WHIRL Magazine “Couples Who Make a Difference” (February 2014); Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame (June 2013); “Leather Helmet Award” by the Minor Pro Football Hall of Fame (May 2013); 2012 “Chairman Award” by Small Seeds Development, Inc.; 2012 NAACP Pittsburgh – Homer S. Brown Award for Legal Service; the Steelers Alumni 2011 “Old Ranger Memorial Award” for Community Service; UPMC 2011 “Community Champion Award” for DTWT; 2011 Philadelphia Legal Intelligencer Diverse Attorney Award; 2010 Life’s Work Career Achievement Award; 2010 Three Rivers Youth Hall of Fame Award; 2009 Pittsburgh Courier Man of Excellence Award; 2007 Duquesne University Law Alumni Outstanding Achievement Award; Talk Magazine Salute for Achievement; and The North Hills Monthly Magazine “Mover and Shaker” (August 2006).