Former Steeler Dwayne Woodruff seeking state Supreme Court seat
Source: Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Allegheny County Common Pleas Court Judge Dwayne Woodruff showcased his bid for a Supreme Court nomination today with a black-and-gold-tinged news conference in the Allegheny County Courthouse.
Judge Woodruff ceremoniously kicked off his run for one of the nominations for the high court, joining a big field of contenders in a year in which three of the court's seven seats will be decided.
He was joined by his wife, Joy, Judge Livingston Johnson, the chairman of his campaign, and a collection of his former teammates from the Super Bowl-winning Steelers of old. Mr. Woodruff earned his law degree while playing as a cornerback for the team from 1979 through 1990.
More than a dozen candidates have already lined up for the race that could determine the character of the court for a generation. Among the other Democrats seeking the nominations are three sitting Superior Court judges --David Wecht, Christine Donahue, and Anne Lazurus -- and Jefferson County Common Pleas Court Judge John Foradora.
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I practiced law for the same firm as Dwayne back in the 90's, so knew him from that time period. He was introduced at the conference by his former law partner and my former law school classmate, Shawn Flaherty (son of former Pittsburgh mayor, Pete Flaherty).
During his football career, Woodruff obtained his Juris Doctor from Duquesne University School of Law, subsequently becoming a founding member of the law firm Woodruff, Flaherty & Fardo, LLC  out of Shadyside in Pittsburgh. Woodruff was elected in 2005 to be a Judge in the Court of Common Pleas in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. Woodruff announced in November 2014 that he would seek a seat on the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania in the 2015 election.
Woodruff is a 1979 graduate of the University of Louisville in Kentucky, where his football jersey hangs in Papa John's Cardinal Stadium and where athletes study at the Woodruff Academic Center, named in Woodruff's honor in 2007 upon a significant monetary donation.
Woodruff is married to Joy Maxberry Woodruff. They are the parents of three children; Jillian an Ob/Gyn Physician, Jenyce an attorney and John a law student at the Duquesne University School of Law.
Woodruff and his wife Joy are currently chairpersons of the "Do The Write Thing" in Pittsburgh. The program is an Initiative of the National Campaign to Stop Violence (NCSV). The Do the Write Thing Challenge gives middle school students an opportunity to examine the impact of youth violence on their lives in classroom discussions and in written form by communicating what they think should be done to change our culture of violence. By encouraging students to make personal commitments to do something about the problem, the program ultimately seeks to empower them to break the cycles of violence in their homes, schools and neighborhoods.
has served many years on the Minnesota Supreme Court.
Byron "Whizzer" White a JFK appointee to the US Supreme Court and in the 1930's played for the then named Pittsburgh Pirates (football) now known as the Steelers.
Side note: Alan Page made an appearance on Antiques Roadshow when it toured Minneapolis a year or two ago. He brought in a cool flag and it was worth a lot more...