Judith Wood

Judith Wood

Los Angeles, California

I came to immigration law as a result of a vision which was given to me in 1984. I saw hands reaching out of a jail cell and heard my name being called to help. The hands and voices were of Salvadoran political prisoners, who were stranded in El Salvador during the 1980's when the Civil War was raging.

Immediately I heeded the call and came to Los Angeles and began working with several refugee and immigrant agencies.

I went to court every day, when the halls were flooded with refugees from Central America. The cases were being denied. I decided to bring concepts of International Human Rights Law into the immigration court. I was successful in a number of asylum cases using precepts of international law.

Later my practice evolved and I began to represent refugees from other countries including Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, and Iran, to mention a few.

I was able to win an important case before the Board of Immigration Appeals, Matter of S-P-, which turned the tide for Tamils seeking asylum from Sri Lanka.

I prevailed in a number of Ninth Circuit cases representing refugees people from various countries seeking asylum.

My practice is devoted to representing the oppressed people of the world. I continue to work tirelessly after 30 years of practice.

We are here to serve, and to do so in the most professional and learned manner possible

Professional Memberships & Achievements:

  • AILA (American Immigration Lawyers Association)
    • Liaison
  • FBA, (Federal Bar Association)
    • Chairperson of Human Rights Section of International Law Section
  • IBA (International Bar Association)
  • LACBA (Los Angeles County Bar Association)
    • Member of Executive Committee of Immigration Section
    • Immigration Executive Committee Member
    • Liaison
    • Community Relations Liaison
  • EOIR (Executive Office for Immigration Review)
    • Liaison
  • Anaheim Asylum Office
    • Liaison
  • Frequent presenter at AILA and LACBA conferences
  • Attorney Wood has also taught law at People’s College of Law

Areas of Practice

  • Immigration

Bar Admissions

  • New Mexico
  • U.S. District Court District of New Mexico
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit


  • Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, California
    • J.D. - 1981


  • Presenter, AILA Conference
  • Presenter, LACBA Conference
  • Lecturer, People’s College of Law