Diane Wood Biography, Life, Interesting Facts


Diane Wood

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July 4, 1950

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Plainfield, New Jersey, United States of America

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Diane Wood is an American judge and professor.

Early Life & Family

Diane Pamela Wood was born in the city of Plainfield, New Jersey, on July 4, 1950. Her mother, Lucille Padmore Wood, worked for the Girl Scouts Organization. Her father, Kenneth Reed Wood, worked as an accountant for Exxon. She has a brother named Rob and a sister named Judy. When she was sixteen years old, her entire family relocated to Houston, Texas.



Diane Wood attended the Westchester Academy for International Studies in Houston. She then received a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Texas at Austin. In 1975, she earned her law degree from the University of Texas School of Law. During her studies there, she was a member of the Women’s Legal Caucus and an editor of the Texas Law Review.



From 1975 to 1976, Diane Wood was a clerk for Judge Irving Goldberg of the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. From 1976 to 1977, she was a clerk for Associate Justice Harry Blackmun of the U. S. Supreme Court. From 1977 to 1978, she was an advisor at the Office of the Legal Adviser of the U. S. Department of State. After that, she spent two years working for the law firm Covington & Burling. In 1980, she became an assistant professor of law at Georgetown University. The following year, she became an assistant professor of law at the University of Chicago.

From 1985 to 1987, Diane Wood worked at the U. S. Department of Justice as an assistant to the Assistant Attorney General. In 1989, she became a full-time Professor of Law at the University of Chicago. The following year, she became Associate Dean. From 1993 to 1995, she joined the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice as Deputy Assistant Attorney General.

In March 1995, President Clinton nominated Diane Wood to the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Three months later, the U. S. Supreme Court confirmed her position.  She also continued her teaching job, becoming a Senior Professor at the University of Chicago Law School. She became an active member of the American Law Institute, the American Bar Association, the American Society of Internation Law, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2013, she became the Chief Judge of the Seventh Circuit.


Personal Life

During her time at law school, Diane Wood was married to her classmate, Steve Van. From 1978 to 1998, she was married to law professor Dennis J. Hutchinson. They had three children together. In 2006, she married neurology professor Robert L. Sufit.

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