Diane P. Wood
United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
Lawyer; Educator; Jurist
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Diane P. Wood is a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, serving as Chief Judge from 2013-2020, and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School. Prior to her judicial appointment in 1995, she was the Green Professor of International Legal Studies at the University of Chicago Law School, where she also served as Associate Dean from 1989–1992. From 1993–1995, she was Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. She clerked for Judge Irving L. Goldberg of the Fifth Circuit and for Justice Harry Blackmun of the United States Supreme Court. Currently, she sits on the Council of the American Law Institute and serves on the Board of the Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago, an organization devoted to teaching elementary and secondary school students about the U.S. legal system. From 2007 to 2013, she served as a member of the Judicial Conference’s Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure. Wood is a member of the Academy’s Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences and the Commission on Languages. She was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2004 and serves as the Chair of the Council, an ex officio member of the Trust, and the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors.