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Constitution Day 2015

Constitution Day Lecture: "The Magna Carta and the Idea of Due Process"

Chief Judge Diane Wood

United States Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals

Thursday, September 24, Auditorium Building, Sullivan Room

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This lecture was presented in celebration of Constitution Day, as well as the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta.

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. Moving on to Covington & Burling, Judge Wood continued a more general antitrust and commercial litigation practice until June 1980. From 1980 to 1981, she was an assistant professor at the Georgetown University Law Center. In 1981, she joined the faculty of the University of Chicago Law School. She spent 1985 to 1986 on leave as a Visiting Professor at Cornell Law School, and she was on leave during the fall quarter 1986, while she worked on the project to revise the Department of Justice Antitrust Guide for International Operations.  From 1993 until 1995, she was 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. Before becoming a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in 1995, Judge Wood was the Harold J. and Marion F. Green Professor of International Legal Studies at the University of Chicago Law School. In addition to her duties on the bench, Judge Wood is also a Senior Lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School. She has been rumored to be a finalist for the United States Supreme Court during the last two appointments to the court.