The Catholic University of America

Frederick E. Woods

Frederick E. Woods teaches lawyering skills to both day and evening first-year law students and teaches Interviewing Counseling & Negotiations to upper division students at the Columbus School of Law. He is the faculty advisor for the CSL Chapter of Habitat for Humanity and the Evening Law Student Division.

Frederick is a former Administrative Due Process Hearing Officer for the District of Columbia Public Schools. He is a sole general civil practitioner in family law, personal injury, probate, and dispute resolution. He served two, four-year terms as Hearing Committee Panel Member for the District of Columbia Board on Professional Responsibility. Frederick actively provides pro bono legal services to District of Columbia residents.
He has several years of experience as a mediator and arbitrator with the following entities: Inaugural Mediator for the Neighborhood Justice Center in Houston, Texas; Family Mediator and Child Abuse & Neglect Mediator for the District of Columbia Superior Court's Dispute Resolution Division; Mediator for the Seventh Judicial Circuit Court of Maryland and Mediator and Arbitrator and former board member for the D.C. Bar Attorney Client Arbitration Board; and a private contract EEO mediator.
Frederick is a former staff attorney for the American Bar Association's (“ABA”) Section of Dispute Resolution. There, he managed and directed the Section's legal work, tracked federal and state dispute resolution legislation, wrote articles for two national newsletters and published three monographs. He was staff director for the first edition of the Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators drafted by the ABA, the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”), and the Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution (“SPIDR”).
Frederick is the former director of a statewide, one-of-a-kind, victim and offender mediation program. The program was a national finalist for a Ford Foundation and Harvard University sponsored Innovations in State and Local Government Award.
On May 13, 2010, Frederick received the D. C. Bar Distinguished Service Award. A recipient of the 2010 CSL Black Law Student Association’s Distinguished Service Award. On April 21, 2005, The Black Law Student Association selected Frederick for their "Distinguished Professor Award."
On October 28, 2001, Frederick received the John Carroll Society Pro Bono Legal Service Award. In March 2000, Frederick received the D.C. Bar's Arbitration Board inaugural Special Merit Award. And in 1991, Frederick was the National Council of Better Business Bureau's Arbitrator of the Year.
He earned his B.S. in 1977 from Indiana State University; M. Ed., 1979, Howard University, J. D. 1986, Thurgood Marshall School of Law. Frederick is the father of Bria M. Woods. 



In His Words ...

"Becoming is superior to being. So strive each day to do your best and to be your best in all classes and in all outside of class activities. Make sacrifices today that others may not make so that your return on your invested mental capital tomorrow is greater than the return of others."

– Frederick E. Woods



Office: 480B Law School
The Catholic University of America
3600 John McCormack Rd., NE
Washington, D.C. 20064

Phone: 202-319-5561



  • Interviewing, Counseling and Negotiating Skills


Thurgood Marshall School of Law, 1986 

M. Ed.
Howard University, 1979

Indiana State University, 1977


Areas of Expertise

  • Lawyering Skills
  • Mediation and Arbitration


  • Administrative Due Process Hearing Officer, D.C. Public Schools
  • Civil practitioner in family law, personal injury, probate, and dispute resolution
  • Former staff attorney, ABA's Section of Dispute Resolution