Patricia M Wald

Born: September 16, 1928
Torrington, Connecticut

Died: January 12, 2019
Washington, D.C.

Patricia McGowan Wald

Judge, U. S. Court of Appeals for District of Columbia Circuit. Nominated by Jimmy Carter on April 30, 1979, to a new seat authorized by 92 Stat. 1629; Confirmed by the Senate on July 24, 1979, and received commission on July 26, 1979. Served as chief judge, 1986-1991. Service terminated on November 16, 1999, due to retirement.

Connecticut College for Women, B.A., 1948
Yale Law School, LL.B., 1951

Portrait Ceremony
Transcript of ceremony:October 16, 2003

Portrait Dimensions
Oil on canvas 36″ X 30″

Peter Stevens (1920 – 2002) Trained in art under Sir Walter Russell at the Royal Academy Schools of London, Peter Stevens pursued a career in art and theater before he joined the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II, at which time he painted a portrait of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

His career as a portraitist began in earnest following the war when he painted portraits which are today in such public collections as the New York Court of Appeals, Yale and New York Universities, and in private collections. Mr. Stevens was commissioned to paint a portrait of Justice William Brennan as well as the portraits of a number of federal judges. His portrait of Judge Patricia M. Wald was completed shortly before his death in 2002.

Year Created

Professional Career:

Law clerk, Hon. Jerome Frank, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1951-1952
Private practice, Washington, D.C., 1952-1953
Research and editorial assistant, Frederick M. Rowe, Esq., 1959-1962
Member, National Conference on Bail and Criminal Justice, 1963-1964
Consultant, National Conference on Law & Poverty, Office of Economic Opportunity 1965
Member, President’s Commission on Crime in the District of Columbia, 1965-1966
Consultant, President’s Comm. on Law Enforcement & Admin. of Criminal Justice, 1966-1967
Attorney, Office of Criminal Justice, U.S. Department of Justice, 1967-1968
Attorney, Neighborhood Legal Services Program, Washington, D.C., 1968-1970
Consultant, National Advisory Committee on Civil Disorder, 1968
Consultant, National Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Violence, 1969
Co-director, Ford Foundation Drug Abuse Research Project, 1970
Attorney, Center for Law and Social Policy, Washington, D.C., 1971-1972
Director, Office of Policy and Issues, Sargent Shriver Vice-Presidential Campaign, 1972
Attorney, Mental Health Law Project, Washington, D.C., 1972-1977
Assistant attorney general for legislative affairs, U.S. Department of Justice, 1977-1979
Member, International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, 1999-present

Yale University Sterling Memorial Library, New Haven, Conn.

  • Papers, 1939-1995. 145 linear ft. (145 boxes); finding aid; restricted; collection consists of judicial and personal papers, which include administrative material, general chambers files, closed case files, correspondence, subject files, speeches, and publications.