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Patrick Woods ’12 was recently recognized and received high praise for his work as one of four U.S. Supreme Court Fellows.
Woods was honored Feb. 25 at the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., with his parents and Albany Law School President & Dean Alicia Ouellette on hand.
"I've supervised several dozens of young lawyers in my 25 years in the legal profession. And I've worked with many talented young attorneys. I'm not exaggerating when I say that Patrick ranks at the very top of all of them. He has a broad and deep skill set," his supervisor Brent Newton said.
Each year fellows work with top officials in the judicial branch of government. With assignments at the Supreme Court, the Federal Judicial Center, the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, and the U.S. Sentencing Commission, fellows have been involved in various projects examining the federal judicial process and seeking, proposing, and implementing solutions to problems in the administration of justice.
Woods, valedictorian of his class at Albany Law, was assigned to the
U.S. Sentencing Commission, which establishes policies and practices for the federal courts. The other three fellows hailed from Yale Law School, Boston College Law School, and Notre Dame Law School.
Before becoming a Supreme Court Fellow, Woods was a law clerk to the Honorable Peter W. Hall of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He also clerked for the Honorable Richard K. Eaton of the U.S. Court of International Trade, and interned for the Honorable Gary L. Sharpe of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York, the Honorable Joseph C. Teresi of the New York State Supreme Court, and the Albany County District Attorney's Office.
Prior to law school, Woods worked for Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A. as a paralegal. Woods has published on a variety of legal topics, as well as in a peer-reviewed philosophy journal.
Woods earned a B.A. in Philosophy from Stony Brook University in 2005 and a J.D., summa cum laude, from Albany Law School in 2012. While in law school, Woods served as the editor-in-chief of the
Albany Law Review and as a teaching fellow for Federal Civil Procedure. He was also an executive board member of the moot court program and a member of the faculty committee on academic standards.