Former NFL Defensive Back for the Pittsburgh Steelers, The Honorable Dwayne D. Woodruff, Judge of the Court of Common Pleas in Allegheny County, was elected in November
of 2005, topping over 30 other candidates with more than 120,000 votes from Democrats and Republicans alike.
Most significant among his many life accomplishments are his marriage of 33 years to the former Joy Maxberry and his three
children; Jillian, a medical doctor (Ob/Gyn) in Washington D.C., Jenyce, an attorney in Philadelphia and John, in his second year at Duquesne University School of Law.
The Woodruff family worships and serves at the Allegheny Center Alliance Church on Pittsburgh's Northside.
Woodruff first came to Pittsburgh in May 1979 when drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers as a defensive cornerback "#49", just after earning a degree in Business
Finance from the University of Louisville that same month. He went on to play 12 seasons through 1990; playing in Super Bowl XIV, being selected the team MVP
in 1982 and serving as team captain his final three seasons. He ranks fifth on the Steelers all-time list for interceptions with 37, leading the team in 1982,
'85, '87, '88 and '89 and ranks fourth in interceptions returned for touchdowns.
During his professional football career, Woodruff earned a Juris Doctor (1988) from Duquesne University School of Law, which he attended full time in the evening.
From 1988 to 1990 he enjoyed a dual career, simultaneously practicing law and playing football, setting precedence for the NFL and professional sports. Soon after,
he became a founding partner of the law firm of Woodruff, Flaherty & Fardo, LLC.
Currently, as a judge in the Family Court he presides over cases in the Juvenile Division, considering it a privilege to be a role model and give guidance to
youth, especially the young Black males who come before him. He was appointed to the prestigious Juvenile Court Judge's Commission by Governor Ed Rendell in
July of 2006 to set standards for the court on a statewide basis, was appointed to Pennsylvania's Juvenile Court Rules Committee and served on the Interbranch
Commission on Juvenile Justice to right the wrongs of two judges in Luzerne County. Woodruff also enjoys the opportunity he has to preside over adoptions for
CYF (Children Youth & Families) each month.
In fact, Woodruff feels that his work with youth is a calling, with responsibilities that don't end with the job. Annually, he and his wife host a mentor
recruitment breakfast for the Northside Urban Pathways Charter School and they also serve as the Pittsburgh co-chairs for the National Campaign to Stop
Violence's "Do the Write Thing Challenge," a unique program that gives middle school students the opportunity to communicate their thoughts on the impact of
youth violence on their lives and to make personal commitments to reduce violence.
Judge Woodruff's legal affiliations are with the Allegheny County and Pennsylvania Bar Associations, the Homer S. Brown Law Association and as an elected
member of the Pennsylvania House of Delegates. His community affiliates include the boards of Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh, Urban Impact Foundation and
Child Watch of Pittsburgh, Sigma Pi Phi (Boule) Fraternity, lifetime member of the NAACP and prior service to the American Cancer Society (Chairman of the Board),
the Board of Governors at Duquesne University Law School, as chairman of the Duquesne Univ. Law Challenge for NEED (Negro Educational Emergency Drive) Program,
American Red Cross board and was elected to the Allegheny County Bar Associations' Judiciary Committee which rates all candidates seeking public office.
Among his recent honors are the 2011 Legal Intelligencer Diverse Attorney Award, the 2010 Three Rivers Youth Hall of Fame Award, the 2009 Pittsburgh Courier
Man of Excellence Award, the 2007 Duquesne University Law Alumni Outstanding Achievement Award, the Talk Magazine Salute for Achievement, The North Hills
Monthly Magazine "Mover and Shaker of the Month" (August 2006) and the University of Louisville's "WOODRUFF ACADEMIC CENTER" which was named in his honor on
November 2, 2006.