Life Member

The Hon. Diane P. Wood

Chicago, IL
U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
University of Texas
University of Texas School of Law, JD,BA

Diane P. Wood is a Senior Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. She has served on the court since 1995, and was its Chief Judge from 2013 to 2020. She also the Director of the American Law Institute (effrective May 1, 2023) and a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School, where she teaches in the areas of federal civil procedure, antitrust law, and international trade and business.

Before her appointment to the bench, she was the Harold J. and Marion F. Green Professor of International Legal Studies at the University of Chicago Law School, the first woman to hold a named chair at the school. She also served for two years as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, with responsibility for the Division 's international, appellate, and legal policy matters.

Judge Wood was elected to the ALI in 1990 and was elected to the Council in 2003. She was Chair of the ALI 's Nominating Committee and has been an Adviser on several projects, including the Restatement Fourth, The Foreign Relations Law of the United States project (Jurisdiction section), the Restatement Third, The Law of American Indians project, the Principles of the Law of Aggregate Litigation project, and the Principles of Transnational Rules of Civil Procedure project.

After law school, she clerked for Judge Irving L. Goldberg of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and for Justice Harry A. Blackmun of the U.S. Supreme Court.

EDUCATION: University of Texas at Austin, B.A.; University of Texas at Austin Law School, J.D.

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Areas of Expertise
International Law
Antitrust Law
American Indian Law