Julie R. Woods, Esq. is an adjunct faculty member of John F. Kennedy University’s Law and Legal Studies Programs. By night, Ms. Woods is professor of an array of subjects for evening courses. By day, Ms. Woods is the Research Attorney for the Probate Division of the Superior Court of the State of California, Contra Costa County. Ms. Woods is a multi-published author of scholarly publications, a frequent lecturer to judges and attorneys, and a chair, board member, and active participant in several legal committees, bar associations, and councils. Ms. Woods is certified by the State Bar of California as a Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law.


  • Electronic Legal Research
  • Litigation II
  • Trusts and Estates
  • Civil Litigation
  • Legal Research and Writing

Selected Publications

“How Could I Dance With Another, When I Saw No Standing There?” California Trusts & Estates Quarterly, Vol. 25, Issue 2 (Summer 2019)

“Back to the Future: How to Look at an Amendment Contest After Aviles v. Swearingen,” California Trusts & Estates Quarterly, Vol. 24, Issue 3 (Fall 2018)

“Get Out, Get Out, Whoever You Are! How to Oust Occupants from Trust, Estate, and Conservatorship Real Property,” California Trusts & Estates Quarterly, Vol. 23, Issue 3 (Fall 2017)

Author, Chapters 1 and 5, CEB California Conservatorship Practice Guide (2019); Updates Author (2017-2018)

New Case Alerts, TEXCOM subcommittee: Membership, Marketing and Social Media, CLA Trusts & Estates (2015-2017)

“Autism’s Interplay with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act,” San Francisco Attorney Magazine (2011)

Credentials & Accolades

Juris Doctor, University of Notre Dame Law School

Bachelor of Arts, English (Literature & Language), University of Southern California

Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy (Ethics, Law & Moral Value Theory), University of Southern California