Cliff Woodards was born and raised in Detroit by two proud parents, both of whom were union members. His father, a letter carrier for the USPS for more than 40 years, belonged to the NALC. His mother retired as a principal at DPS after more than 40 years of service as both a DFT and OSAS member.
Mr. Woodards attended Roeper City and Country School and graduated from Cass Technical High School. He matriculated at Wayne State University and earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Finance.
He began his career at the Federal Reserve Bank as a financial analyst. Within two years, he was tapped to head up the emerging microcomputer division of the Information Processing Department. Subsequently, he was hired by The County of Wayne as a senior analyst in their Information Processing Department. Mr. Woodards installed and managed networks in two of the County jails as well as the entire Wayne County Mental Health Authority.
Mr. Woodards also established MCG Graphics, a very successful graphic design and printing firm which counted numerous prominent churches, elected officials, judges, charitable organizations and corporations among its clientele.
In 1999, Mr. Woodards enrolled in Wayne State University Law School and received a law degree in December 2001. Immediately thereafter, he established The Detroit Law Center which specializes in criminal and family law. From 2003-2008, he served as a hearing officer for the Detroit Public Schools. In this capacity, Mr. Woodards adjudicated over 3,000 cases where children were, in essence, charged with criminal offenses that occurred on DPS property or between school and students’ homes.
Since 2003, he has tried over one hundred felony cases, including more than twenty involving homicide. Mr. Woodards has also represented thousands of clients accused of a wide variety of criminal offenses, ranging from criminal sexual conduct, assault, drugs, embezzlement and simple traffic offenses. He has also handled over two hundred divorce cases and dozens of bankruptcies on behalf of clients in need.
Mr. Woodards has long believed in the need to give back to the community and frequently speaks at high school career days and often donates his services pro bono to those who cannot afford quality legal representation.
From 2005 through 2015, Mr. Woodards hosted a public affairs television program entitled “Your Turn with Cliff Woodards”, on WPHR Channel 33/Comcast 20. He has been a legal analyst on WDIV’s Flashpoint and has been a substitute host and frequent contributor on The Pulse with Karen Dumas on 910 AM Superstation. On April 19, 2016, Mr. Kevin Adell welcomed “Your Turn with Cliff Woodards” to 910 AM each weekday from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.
Mr. Woodards is the proud father of an adult daughter, Melissa.