Judge Patricia M. Wald
Judge Wald served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit tor twenty
years, including five years as the Chief Judge. She is the author of over 800 judicial opinions.
Her most recent judicial post was as U.S. Judge on the International Criminal Tribunal for the
Former Yugoslavia (ITCTY) at The Hague, Netherlands where she rendered significant decisions
in the field of international humanitarian law.
Judge Wald received her Bachelor’s degree from Connecticut College and her law degree from
Yale Law School, where she was an editor of the Law Journal. She began her career as a law
clerk to Judge Jerome N. Frank of the U.S. Second Circuit of Appeals. She was associate in the
Washington, D.C. firm of Arnold, Fortas & Porter, an attorney. ln the Office of Criminal Justice
of the Department of Justice. attorney for Neighborhood Legal Services, member of the District
of Columbia Crime Commission, Co-Director of the Ford Foundation’s Project on Drug Abuse,
attorney with the Center for Law and Social Policy, and Litigation Director of the Mental Health
Law Project.
In 1977, Judge Wald was appointed Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs in the
United States Department of Justice. and in 1979 President Carter appointed her to the United
States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit where she served until her
retirement in 1999. From 1999 – 2001, she served on the ICTY. 2002-2004 as Chair. of the Open
Society Justice Initiative, and since 2001 as a member of the President’s Commission on U.S.
Intelligence Capabilities Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction.
Judge Wald is a Council Member and former First Vice President of the American Law institute
(ALI) and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is the author of Law
and Poverty (1965) and co-author of Bail in the United States {1964) and Dealing with Drug
Abuse (1973). She has published numerous articles on a wide range of legal subjects.
Judge Wald is a Fellow of the American Philosophical Society and a former member of the
Executive Board of the American Bar Association’s Central European and Eurasian Institute
(CEEI). She received the American Bar Association Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of
Achievement Award, the Annual Award of the Environmental Law Institution, and the annual
Award of the International Human Rights Law Group. She has received numerous honorary
degrees from Universities and Law Schools including most recently Doctor of
Law, Yale University.