Judge Patricia Wald
(1928- ) Judge Patricia Wald was born in Connecticut in 1928. From 1948-1951, she attended Yale Law School, where she served as Case Editor on the Yale Law Journal and graduated with honors in 1951. Wald was appointed as the Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs for the U.S. Department of Justice in 1977. President Jimmy Carter nominated Wald to be the first woman to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. She stayed on the bench for 20 years, sitting as chief Judge from 1986 to 1991 and serving with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. After stepping down in 1999, Wald spent two years hearing cases of wartime atrocities in the former Yugoslavia as a member of the International Criminal Tribunal. Wald is the Chair of the Open Society Institute’s Criminal Justice Initiative.
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