By SARAH KINGSBURY
Circuit Court Division I became the only open judicial seat among the districtes four divisions when sitting Judge Robbie Beal decided not to run for a second term.eWoody Woodruff, a Franklin resident and trial appellate attorney, says his decision to run was a “calling.”
Circuit Court Division I became the only open judicial seat among the 21st districtes four divisions when sitting Judge Robbie Beal decided not to run for a second term.
Woody Woodruff, a Franklin resident and trial and appellate attorney, has never held public office before but decided it was his calling to make a run for judge this year. He does not face opposition in the May primary or the August general election. None of the circuit court seats are contested.e
The 21st district includes Williamson, Hickman, Lewis and Perry counties and the judges within the four divisions rotate criminal and civil dockets.e
- Party affiliation:eRepublican
- Residence: Franklin
- Education: Bachelor of arts in philosophy from University of Alabama, 1974; law degree from University of Alabama School of Law, 1981
- Family: Wife, Beth; son, Wade; daughters, Caroline, Natalie, MacKenzie; granddaughter, Penelope
- Occupation:ePartner at Waller, Lansden, Dortch and Davis LLP
FHP: Why are you running?e
Woody Woodruff: Ieve spent my professional life, 32 years, representing clients in courtrooms and at this point in my career and at this point in my life, therees nothing that I think is a higher calling, with my experience and my training and my education, than to be a trial court judge in the district where my family makes its home. It may sound corny, but it really is a calling. Ites something I feel called to do and I have made my life in the adversarial system of justice; I believe in it. It requires that you have good lawyers and good judges. I think for 32 years Ieve been a good lawyer and now ites time for me to be a good judge.
What qualifications do you have that will make you a successful and fair judge?
I graduated No. 5 in my class from law school. Ieve got 32 years of legal experience as a practicing lawyer, six years in Army JAG (Judge Advocate Generales) Corps, 27 years in private practice, and in that period of time, I have handled practically every conceivable type of case. Ieve been a criminal prosecutor, criminal defense attorney, Ieve handled civil cases from anti-trust to domestic relations, environmental disputes, labor and employment disputes, commercial disputes, you name it. If ites a civil case, at some point in my career Ieve had something like it. So I think Ieve got a wealth of experience. Ieve been recognized by my peers in various ways. Ieve been rated one of the best lawyers in America for more than 10 years. Ieve been peer-rated eAV preeminatee by Martindale Hubbell, which is the peer rating in the legal profession, named one of Nashvillees business leaders in 2013 by the Nashville Post, been named best of the bar Ieve been peer recognized for my work as a lawyer. I think Ied bring those qualifications, to the extent those qualifications reflect the quality of my legal practice.e
Why should people vote for you?
Iem going to do a good job. Iem going to get up every day with nothing more at the top of my mind than to do the best job I possibly can as a circuit judge. I have no political ambitions. My goal is to do the best job I possibly can in Division I of the circuit court, 21st judicial district.
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Sarah Kingsbury covers Franklin for BrentWord Communications. Contact her at email@example.com.