Diane P. Wood has been on the U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit since 1995, assuming senior status on September 7, 2022. She served as Chief Judge from 2013 to 2020. She also is 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 currently serves on the Special Committee on ALI’s 100th Anniversary and chairs the ALI Early Career Scholars Medal Committee. She has served as an Adviser to Restatement of the Law, The Law of American Indians; Restatement of the Law Fourth, The Foreign Relations Law of the United States – Jurisdiction; Legal and Economic Principles of World Trade Law; Principles of the Law of Aggregate Litigation; and as U.S. Adviser to Transnational Rules of Civil Procedure. She also served on the Members Consultative Group for Complex Litigation: Statutory Recommendations and Analysis.
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.