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Chanae L.
Wood

Associate

Ft. Lauderdale
(954) 763-4242
cwood@wsh-law.com

Chanae L. Wood is a municipal and land use attorney with a particular interest in issues dealing with First Amendment, medical marijuana and hemp laws. Chanae serves as the Chair of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Program Committee.

A magna cum laude graduate of St. Thomas University School of Law, Chanae clerked for the Honorable Judge Marcia G. Cooke in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. During law school, she was selected as the first black Editor-in-Chief of the St. Thomas Law Review. Her article, “Black and Poor: The Grave Consequences of Utah v. Strieff,” was published in the Review’s “Voice of the Voiceless” Anniversary Issue. As a trial team member, Chanae competed in the 2018 ABA Labor and Employment National Trial Competition. She and her teammates were named National Champions — beating teams from UC Hastings College of Law and Harvard Law School. She also served as President of the Black Law Students Association, during which time the organization was bestowed the coveted Student Organization of the Year Award.

Prior to law school, Chanae worked for Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan as a Commission aide and for Florida State Senator Oscar Braynon, II as a legislative aide. She also interned for Congresswoman Federica Wilson in Washington D.C.

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Wilkie D. Ferguson Jr. Bar Association, Group I Director, 2020-2021 Executive Board
  • Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association, 2016 – Present
  • American Planning Association, Broward Section, 2019-2020 Member At-Large
  • St. Thomas University School of Law Young Lawyer’s Division Council, 2019 – Present
  • Miami Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Awards & Recognition

  • University of Florida Association of Black Alumni South Florida Chapter, Gator Greats Gator First Award, February 2019
  • First Black Law Review Editor-in-Chief, Certificate of Recognition, Miami-Dade County, 2017

Publications

  • “Black and Poor: The Grave Consequences of Utah v. Strieff,” St. Thomas Law Review, 2017

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Admissions

Florida, 2018

Education

St. Thomas University School of Law, J.D., 2018

  • CALI Book Awards: Legal Research & Writing, Advanced Legal Research & Writing, Advanced Legal Skills; Dean’s List (all semesters); Pro Bono Commendation, Over 100 service hours

University of Florida, 2013

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Family, Youth, & Community Sciences and minors in Public Leadership and International Studies & Humanitarian Assistance

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