Chief Judge // United States Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
The WBAI is proud to co-host the 2018 Vanguard Awards Luncheon on April 24, 2018, at The Standard Club with several local bar associations. This year’s luncheon honors lawyers, judges, and institutions that have made the law and the legal profession more accessible to and reflective of the community we serve.
Chief Judge Diane P. Wood of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School has been announced as the WBAI 2018 honoree. See a full list of honorees here.
A reception for the honorees will begin at 11:30 a.m., followed by the luncheon in the Grand Ballroom. Tickets for the luncheon are $70 per person. You can also order tickets online by clicking here.
2018 WBAI Vanguard Award Honoree Bio
Diane P. Wood is the Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School. Chief Judge Wood attended the University of Texas at Austin, earning her B.A. in 1971 (highest honors), and her J.D. in 1975 (Order of the Coif). She clerked for Judge Irving L. Goldberg on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (1975-76), and for Justice Harry A. Blackmun of the U.S. Supreme Court (1976-77).
She began her career as a legal academic in 1980 after a brief period at the U.S. Department of State. From 1993 until she was appointed a Circuit Judge for the Seventh Circuit in 1995, she served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. She became Chief Judge of the Seventh Circuit on October 1, 2013.
Chief Judge Wood is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and is on the Council of the American Law Institute; she chairs the Academy’s Council. Chief Judge Wood is married to Dr. Robert L. Sufit. She has three children and three step-children. She enjoys playing the oboe and English horn in several Chicago-area amateur orchestras.