Joanna Woolman

Resident Adjunct

Joanna Woolman


Phone: 651-290-8653
Fax: 651-290-6407
Office: 254

Biography | Bibliography



B.S., 1998, University of Wisconsin-Madison
J.D., 2004, University of San Francisco School of Law


William Mitchell College of Law: director Reentry Clinic, 2008 to present; resident adjunct professor of law, Director Child Protection Clinic, 2011 to present; Trial Advocacy Skills adjunct professor, 2010 to present; WRAP program Representation Professor, 2010.

Minnesota State Public Defender’s Office: assistant state public defender, 2005-2011.

Associate: Goins and Wood, Minneapolis, MN. 2004-2005.

Admitted: Minnesota, 2004 (state and federal court).

Professional Focus

Professor Woolman directs two clinics at the college. The Reentry Clinic assists women leaving prison with civil legal issues with a focus on reestablishing relationships with children and family. This holistic clinic also helps clients find community resources on their release to help ensure their success. The Child Protection Clinic provides direct representation to parents in the child protection system in Ramsey and Hennepin Counties. Professor Woolman researches, writes, and presents about women’s experiences in the criminal justice system, prison, and reentry. Professor Woolman also helps coordinate statewide training for parents’ attorneys.

Professional Accomplishments


University of San Francisco School of Law – 2004
- Haley Award (given to one member of graduating class by faculty for achievement in academics and service to the law school and community).

Minnesota Changemaker – MN Women’s Press 2010

Woman of Distinction Award – Century College 2011