Council Emeritus
Life Member

The Hon. Patricia M. Wald

Washington, DC
Connecticut College for Women
Yale Law School

Patricia M. Wald has served as Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and as a judge on the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. She currently serves as a member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board.

After law school she clerked for Judge Jerome Frank of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. In over a dozen public and private leadership positions, she had worked in diverse fields as criminal justice, juvenile law, mental disability law, drug abuse, poverty and public interest law, administrative law, constitutional law, judicial process, and women and the law.

In 1977, Judge Wald was appointed as Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs for the U.S. Department of Justice. In 1979, President Jimmy Carter nominated her to fill a newly created seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit – the first woman ever to sit on that bench, and served as chief Judge from 1986 until 1991.

Upon her retirement, Judge Wald accepted an appointment to serve on the 14 member panel of judges of the International Criminal Tribunal in The Hague, where she spent the next two years hearing cases on wartime atrocities in the former Yugoslavia. Judge Wald became a leader of the Tribunal and established a standard for fairness and the rule of law.

EDUCATION: Connecticut College, B.A.; Yale Law School, J.D.  

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Areas of Expertise
Election (Political Law)