Judge Diane P. Wood to serve as Distinguished Judge in Residence

Jan 31, 2022Latest News

Headshot of Judge Diane Wood

Judge Diane P. Wood of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit will be a “virtual visitor” to Duke Law this month as part of the Bolch Judicial Institute’s Distinguished Judge in Residence program.

As part of her residency, Judge Wood will join a course taught by Professor Marin Levy, visit with members of the American Constitution Society and the Federalist Society during an informal lunch-hour “coffee chat,” and join Professor David F. Levi, director of the Bolch Judicial Institute, for a lunch-hour discussion about her career and time on the bench on Thursday, Feb. 3. (Judge Wood will appear via Zoom at all events.) Duke Law students and faculty can register to attend the Feb. 3 program here.

“It is such an honor to welcome Judge Wood as our Distinguished Judge in Residence,” said Levi. “She is among the federal judiciary’s most revered judges, and her varied career in private practice, public service, academia, and the judiciary gives her a wide ranging perspective that will be of great interest to our students and faculty. Everyone at Duke Law so enjoys and benefits from these interactions with judges. We are grateful to Judge Wood for making the time to join us over the next few weeks.”

Judge Wood received her BA in 1971 and her JD in 1975 from the University of Texas at Austin. After graduation, she clerked for Judge Irving L. Goldberg of the Fifth Circuit and for Justice Harry A. Blackmun of the U.S. Supreme Court. She then worked briefly for the U.S. State Department on international investment, antitrust, and transfer of technology issues, and as an associate with Covington & Burling, where she pursued a general antitrust and commercial litigation practice until June 1980. She also served on the faculty at Georgetown Law and at Cornell Law School and was a consultant to the U.S. Department of Justice on revisions to the Antitrust Guide for International Operations.

From 1981 through 1995, Judge Wood served as assistant professor, professor of law, associate dean, and the Harold J. and Marion F. Green Professor of International Legal Studies at the University of Chicago Law School. From 1993 until 1995, she took a leave of absence to serve as deputy assistant general in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice with responsibility for the Division’s International, Appellate, and Legal Policy matters. She was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit in 1995 and served as chief judge from 2013 to 2020. Her research interests include antitrust (both international and general), federal civil procedure, and international trade and business.

The Bolch Judicial Institute’s Distinguished Judge in Residence program brings outstanding judges to Duke Law School to interact with students and faculty. Learn more about the program and past visiting judges at https://judicialstudies.duke.edu/programs/distinguished-judge-in-residence-program/.