Michael Woodruff
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Michael Woodruff

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Michael J. Woodruff
Born 1940s.
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Born in Pasadena, California (1945) to the late Marvin (1922-2004) and Esther Woodruff (b. 1924 - ). He has two siblings, Kathleen and Patrick. He lived briefly in Everett, WA at the end of WWII during his father's Coast Guard service, returned to Pasadena for his father to graduate from Pasadena College, then moved for 10 months to Spokane, WA before returning to Pasadena. The family relocated to Arcadia, CA in 1950 and Michael attended Santa Anita Elementary School (K-2), Camino Grove Elementary (3-6), and Richard Henry Dana Junior High (7-8 grades). The family moved to Santa Barbara, CA in 1959, where he graduated from Santa Barbara Junior High (1959) and San Marcos High School (1963). He attended Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, MA (1963-1965), graduating with a history major from University of California, Santa Barbara in 1967. He has three children from his first marriage. He is now a grandfather of seven. He is a graduate of UCLA Law School (J.D. 1972), being admitted to the bar of California (1972) and Virginia (1993). He was admitted to practice before federal courts and the Supreme Court of the United States (1978). He was a partner at the law firms of West, Favor & Woodruff in Santa Barbara (1972-1980), as well as at Griffith & Thornburgh (1980-1985). He was the Acting Director of the Christian Legal Society (1990) and the Director of the Center for Law and Religious Freedom (1985-1990), a partner at Gammon & Grange, P.C., McLean, VA (1990-2002) the President and CEO of the Charles Malik Foundation while he had a solo practice in Fairfax, Virginia (2002-2004). He served as outside general counsel to Eastern Nazarene College, and numerous nonprofit organizations. From 2004-2014 he was the first General Counsel of The Salvation Army, Western Territory, located in Long Beach, California. He is a partner at Munger Chadwick, a Phoenix/Tucson law firm. in Tucson, He lives with his wife Taraneh. He incorporated the first nonprofit corporation in Romania after the fall of Ceauchescu; testified before Congress on Native American religious freedom rights; served as the senior warden of Truro Episcopal Church and the Chancellor of the Falls Church (Anglican) in Virginia. He is a certified sailor and enjoys photography, writing poetry, genealogy, and travel. He was one of the earliest American commentators on the writings of French law professor, lay theologian, and sociologist Jacques Ellul (1971), warning about the dehumanizing effects of propaganda and technology on civilized culture after WWII. He is an avid pianist, playing classical, jazz and hymns, and was the regular church pianist in Orange, California at the Farsi-speaking Good News Persian Church. He is interested in his ancient ancestors, including royal Norman, Frankish, Viking and Persian roots and their use of law to promote religious toleration.


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